After Suspension, Howard University Reinstates All Athletic Programs

The university said it is conducting an internal investigation into possible NCAA violations.

Posted: 04/06/2012 06:54 PM EDT

Howard University announced Friday that the school has reinstated all its athletic activities a week after shutting down all games.

Although the athletic activities have been reinstated, the school indicated that it is undergoing an internal investigation of potential violations of NCAA regulations, the Washington Post reported. Earlier in the week, a spokesman for the university said Howard had reported violations to the NCAA.

The university, located in Washington, D.C., suspended intercollegiate activity for its spring sports season after several student athletes were determined to be ineligible. They were considered to have violated NCAA rules.

Howard University is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The school has 17 athletics teams, including six spring programs that are in season and immediately affected by the suspension: men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, softball and women's lacrosse.

Howard is a federally charted, historical Black school. The suspension of athletic activity is nothing short of a jolt to the campus, where sports are heavily followed and supported.

Initially, the university did not provide details for its decision. But the Washington City Paper reported that a senior athletic administrator indicated that the university is investigating possible violation of NCAA rules relating to athletes who had been given textbook vouchers.


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