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How the Griz Plan to Deal With NCAA Penalties.

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The vacating of wins while players were ineligible means no longer acknowledging the 2011 Big Sky Conference title, with posters and plaques soon to be taken down.  As far as current Griz players go, the biggest penalty may be that of a four scholarship reduction over three seasons starting in the 2014-15 season.

"It puts a tremendous amount of additional work, to make sure you're dotting all the I's and crossing all the T's, and doing the very best you can to manage the number that you do have," says Griz Head Coach Mick Delaney.

In addition to the loss of scholarships, the team will be under probation for those three seasons as well.

"It really just means you're under higher scrutiny, which comes through our compliance office, we'll report back to the NCAA, and make sure we're in communication with them at all times, we'll go through an external audit, make sure we do have the policies and procedures in place, so it's a situation of, don't do this again while you're on probation,'  This is a time to learn grow, get better, and make sure you've sharpened up what you need to," says Griz AD Kent Haslam.

If there is a silver lining for the University of Montana, it's that the NCAA accepted the self imposed penalties by the university, meaning the football team will NOT have to serve a post-season ban.

"Every single goal that these young men set for themselves back in November when they walked off that field at Montana State is still in front of them, and they can accomplish every one of them, or at least have the opportunity to accomplish every one.  And without that being taken away, I think it gives great hope and great excitement to just move forward," says Delaney.

While Haslam admits being part of the inquiry in itself was disappointed, he's happy to move on.

"It's good to have this chapter closed, and really I'm excited for the fall, the great student athletes we have, the commitment they've made, and through this, we'll get better, and we'll get tighter on policies and procedures, and I'm excited about where we're heading," says Haslam.

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