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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Commended by Conference Commissioner
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 02-22-2006

Goodwell, Okla. - Athletic officials at Oklahoma Panhandle State University recently discovered and self-reported National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) violations within the softball program as the result of an investigation into the welfare of student athletes. Tony Stigliano, Heartland Conference Commissioner, commended OPSU. “OPSU has done a great job since joining the Heartland Conference in the areas of compliance, sportsmanship, being competitive and being a solid member of the conference. We appreciate their hard work and support.”

All acts of noncompliance were reported immediately upon discovery by university officials and reflect the diligence and integrity of the current athletic administration. The softball coach involved is no longer employed by OPSU.

An internal investigation revealed three violations dating back to 2001. These infractions occurred during the previous university and athletic administrations and were items that were not uncovered during the previous investigation. Two more recent violations were discovered at the same time. OPSU officials are pleased that the Division II Committee on Infractions adopted the school’s self-imposed penalties.

OPSU’s Athletic Director Jerry Olson said, “Even though the current situation occurred during a prior administration, Dr. Bryant’s guidance has led the athletic administration to conform to a superior standard. We hold ourselves to a high level of compliance and appreciate his leadership.”

Following an NCAA investigation four years ago, strict institutional control was established. Current coaches and athletics administrators remain vigilant and the athletic department administration continues to develop an exemplary NCAA Division II athletic program.

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