Hammond, LA (Sports Network) - Southeastern Louisiana officials said Thursday 137 student-athletes competed without meeting eligibility requirements between the academic years of 2005-2006 through 2009-2010.
By issuing the self-report to the NCAA, the school said a majority of the violations occurred in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 academic years.
"This was a case where student-athletes were erroneously certified as being eligible due to flaws in the eligibility certification process" said athletics director Bart Bellairs. "In many instances, student-athletes would have been eligible had proper procedure been followed, such as timely declaration or change of a major.
"This was not a case in which student-athletes who lacked academic preparation and ability were recruited to the university. In fact, 86 percent of the student-athletes identified in the case went on to graduate from Southeastern or left the university in good academic standing."
The school said "athletics staff members responsible for academic advising and eligibility certification during the time of the violations are no longer associated with the university. No current student-athlete at Southeastern participated while ineligible."
The university said it has self-imposed penalties as a result of the infractions. Those penalties include vacating victories in which ineligible student-athletes participated, scholarship reductions, and imposition of a two-year probationary period.
The NCAA is currently processing the infractions case, according to the university.