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West Texas State’s basketball program was put...

West Texas State’s basketball program was put on 3 years’ probation by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. for violations involving money and airline tickets while Gary Moss was coach.

Moss is now in his second year as coach at Sam Houston State, but the NCAA said the penalties will apply to him as well.

West Texas was barred from postseason play after this season and from providing any prospective men’s basketball player with an expenses-paid recruiting visit during the 1989-90 academic year. Also, its basketball scholarships for the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons were cut.

Moss also is prohibited from coaching in postseason play and is barred from off-campus recruiting activities and speaking engagements related to Sam Houston’s athletic program during the 1989-1990 academic year.

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Between April, 1984, and October, 1986, while Moss was at West Texas, the school’s basketball program illegally recruited players and gave them free airplane travel, free use of telephone credit cards and cash payments, the NCAA said.


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