Graduate Student Dissertations, Theses, Capstones, and Portfolios

Date of Award


Document Type


Granting Institution

Lynn University

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Program

Sports and Athletics Administration


School of Graduate Studies

First Advisor

Richard A. Young


Effects of NCAA Sanctions on Division I Football Programs

This study represents one of the great debates among college coaches and athletic administrators. How do NCAA sanctions affect Division I football programs? College football is a large revenue source and marketing tool for universities. When these sources of revenue and marketing are affected by NCAA sanctions is there an effect on the university as a whole? Several successful universities have been put on probation over the last twenty years, so there is an abundant amount of information that can be studied. Definite answers can only be approximated if this is researched more and if more concrete numbers to test are obtained. This study attempts to review and assess any flaws in Tom Farrey's of the Seattle Times opinion on scholarship reductions. It could reaffirm the theories of S.L Price of Sports Illustrated, Tim Layden of CNNSI, Welch Suggs of the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Steve Weiberg of the USA Today, or any of the subjects interviewed for this study. It could answer questions on what long-range effects NCAA sanctions have on football programs and whether scholarship reductions are the harshest NCAA sanction that can be leveled. From the opinions of the subjects interviewed and &om the interviews and quantitative numbers &om the literature, the consensus is that taking away scholarships is the best way to punish a cheating program. It also seems clear that sanctions and probation have a lasting affect on more than just a university's football program. None of these theories can be fully proven without further study.



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