June 26, 2002
Statement by Cal Athletic Director Steve Gladstone on NCAA Penalties Imposed on the Football Program:
We are extremely disappointed. The university and the Pacific-10 office have been very proactive in the process. While we anticipated that there would be added sanctions by the NCAA, we certainly are surprised by the severity of this penalty.
I particularly feel badly for our student-athletes on this year's team, as they are being punished for violations that involved two individuals in the academic case and for hotel incidental infractions that would normally be considered minor violations by the NCAA. If the athletic department had not been so careless and slow in acting upon the violations, there would have been no NCAA penalty at all. Instead, because of timing, these minor violations became major infractions in the minds of the NCAA.
Fortunately, we can say that all corrective actions already have been taken internally. As I mentioned, we have a completely new management team in place. We also have installed new procedures that will ensure that infractions involving academic misconduct or extra benefits do not happen again. In the coming days, we plan to announce a new assistant athletic director for compliance, whose responsibilities have been expanded to give more authority in the investigation and reporting of possible NCAA and Pac-10 violations.