DENVER (AP) -- The University of Colorado is being punished by the NCAA for inadvertently undercharging 133 student-athletes for meals totaling $61,700 over six academic years.
The violations, announced Thursday, are considered major, the infractions committee said.
The school was placed on two years' probation, fined $100,000 to be paid to a hunger- or homeless-relief charity and ordered to cut one football scholarship for the next three seasons.
The probation will not limit CU's television exposure or NCAA tournament appearances, however. The infractions weren't limited to the football program, said Paul Dee, infractions committee chair.
Two of the violations found that some walk-on student-athletes paid a dining hall meal-plan rate instead of the higher training-table rate.
"Training table meals are approximately $14, $15," athletic director Mike Bohn said.
"Meals at the dining hall are about $7 or $8."
Bohn said the university compliance officers regulate and approve who gets what meals and when.
The nature of the infractions, because they were inadvertent and promptly reported, gave the NCAA reason to limit the penalty, Dee said.
The university proposed a self-imposed repayment of the undercharged amount to the NCAA, but Dee said because the infractions occurred over such a lengthy period of time -- from 2000-01 through the 2005-06 academic year -- and involved so many student-athletes, the NCAA decided to fine the university $100,000.
Dee said the an associate athletic director at the university discovered the discrepancy and promptly reported them.
"To their credit, the university finding the discrepancy and bringing it to the attention of the enforcement staff" lightened the penalty, Dee said.
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