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Pac-10 Takes Bold, Decisive Action About Following Rules ...

... by taking swift action against UCLA's tennis program:

The Pac-10 has penalized UCLA's men's tennis program for allowing a player to compete while ineligible during the 2008 season, which resulted in Southern California being declared the conference champion.

The Pac-10 said Friday that the Bruins must forfeit all singles and doubles matches in which the player participated last season.

As a result, team results of UCLA's matches against USC and Arizona State were reversed and the final team standings adjusted. USC wound up with a 7-0 record, while the Bruins dropped into a second-place tie with Stanford at 5-2.

UCLA self-reported the violation and here is the schools' statement via Dohn:

The men's tennis student-athlete involved was earning money working at a job. The employer paid his student fees, thinking it was okay because the student-athlete would be earning the money to cover the fees.
When the UCLA compliance office found out that the employer had paid the student fees in advance, it reported the situation to the NCAA and the Pac-10 Conference. The NCAA reinstated the student-athlete's eligibility, deciding the employment and the rate of pay appropriate, and required him to pay a portion of the fee value to a charity. The student-athlete was eligible to compete in the 2008-09 season and did so.
The Pac-10 Compliance and Enforcement Committee requested the student-athlete forfeit his singles and doubles matches in Pac-10 competition in 2007-08. That action was approved by the Pac-10 Council. The changes in scores ultimately changed the final results of UCLA's matches versus USC and Arizona State from wins to losses.

Wow Pac-10! What a bunch of tough law and order guys. That will teach rest of the conference on how to follow the rules!

There is just so many ways to mock Tom Hansen's band of clowns given what has transpired at a certain renegade program last few years.

Just another data point on why this has been the worst managed major conference in college athletics during the tenure of an incompetent, out of touch, tone deaf commissioner.