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Griz boosters launch petition, ask to appeal NCAA scholarship sanction

By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
Published On: Apr 04 2014 03:09:27 PM MDT
Updated On: Apr 04 2014 03:57:51 PM MDT
NCAA GRIZ FOOTBALL
MISSOULA, Mont. -

University of Montana football boosters launched an online petition Friday, to get an NCAA scholarship sanction appealed.

It's the latest attempt from Griz boosters to get UM administrators to consider appealing a sanction that limits scholarships for the football program.

The NCAA and UM agreed on those sanctions last year, after an 18-month investigation. The NCAA released a report saying former football coach Robin Pflugrad and the school failed to monitor the football program. It said boosters provided student athletes with benefits including bail money, free legal representation, meals and lodging.

UM agreed to a list of sanctions including a 3-year probation period. During that time, the football program loses four scholarships a year. In addition, the program had to vacate five wins, including two playoff games.

UM boosters claim the loss of scholarships is an unfair penalty, so they’re asking UM President Royce Engstrom to take another look at the sanctions.

Friday, they launched a website and an online petition to garner more fan support.