UT will not face further NCAA inquiry

Jacob Martella

UT athletics will not face further inquiry by the NCAA, according to a report by NCAA Compliance expert Gene Marsh released on Wednesday.

The Chronicle of Higher Education published a story back on June 10 alleging three former men’s basketball players were part of academic misconduct. A month later, University president Gregory L. Fenves commissioned Marsh to undertake a “thorough examination” of the Texas Athletics Student Services.

The report said the NCAA sent a letter to the University saying it had closed the case.

“I thank NCAA compliance expert Gene Marsh and his team for their work and for taking so seriously the charge I gave them last June,” Fenves said in a statement.

The report found positives in the athletic department. The cumulative GPA of UT student-athletes is 3.08 with no one on academic probation.

But it also raised a couple of questions, the most poignant of which is why 60 to 80 percent athletes in baseball, football, and men’s and women’s basketball are enrolled in the College of Education.

Fenves said he has directed men’s athletic director Mike Perrin and women’s athletic director Chris Plonsky to find ways to implement recommendations from the report, including looking into why so many athletes are in the College of Education.

"Our highest priority at Texas is to make sure our student-athletes receive a world-class education and are prepared for life after college,” Perrin said. “The Marsh Report highlights our many successes but also identifies the areas where we can improve.”