PHILADELPHIA - Temple University was placed on two years' probation by the NCAA today for violations that involved fired men's tennis coach Bill Hoehne.
Hoehne went to great lengths to hide the fact that he was using an ineligible athlete, telling a student to compete under someone else's name, the NCAA said.
The coach, who was fired on April 12, 2005, hid the scheme by mumbling the name of the student-athlete during pre-match introductions and by asking opponents to skip formal introductions altogether, the NCAA said.
The school and Hoehne were cited for violations including fraud and erroneous student-athlete eligibility certifications.
The men's tennis team received a one-year ban from the postseason and must forfeit all matches in which an ineligible student-athlete played during the 2004-05 academic year, the NCAA's Division I committee on infractions said. The Owls were 3-9 that season.
The committee stated in its report that it was "struck by the lengths the former head coach went to conceal the fact that he was allowing an ineligible student-athlete to compete fraudulently."
During the 2005 spring tennis season, Hoehne directed the student-athlete to compete under the name of another student-athlete who was eligible but had left the team.
"It also was disturbing to the committee that the former coach enlisted the involvement of a student-athlete in this scheme," the report states. "This type of conduct by a coach is deplorable and runs counter to the very principles of fair play, honesty, and sportsmanship for which the NCAA stands."
Hoehne coached for seven years at Temple.
"Once we learned about the fraud that had been perpetrated by our former men's tennis coach, we immediately terminated him and self-reported the incident to the NCAA," Temple athletic director Bill Bradshaw said. "We pride ourselves in our history of complying with all NCAA rules and regulations, and fortunately Temple boasts one of the strongest compliance records in NCAA Division I-A."