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Cal loses two scholarships in academic fraud case

Staff Report
Thursday June 14, 2001

The Pac-10 Conference has accepted the recommendations of a Cal internal investigation into violations involving the school’s football program and will take away four scholarships over the next two years, the conference office announced Tuesday. 

Wide recievers Michael Ainsworth and Ronnie Davenport were given academic credit for a class they did not complete in the spring semester of 1999, violations uncovered last fall. Both athletes have since left school. 

The school pre-empted any NCAA investigation by conducting its own five-month investigation into the allegations, making its recommendation to the conference in February. The school has a self-imposed two-year probation period, and was given a public reprimand by the Pac-10. 

Cal’s investigation turned up no additional wrongdoing, saying, “The core violations are limited to one faculty member, two student-athletes and one academic semester.” The investigation found no evidence of unethical conduct by any coach or other member of Cal’s athletic program staff.