Nicholls St. Under Investigation

January 26, 2005
Reported by Associated Press

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) NCAA officials next month will review allegations of possible academic fraud involving Nicholls State University's football and men's basketball teams. School President Stephen Hulbert says Nicholls will be one of a group of Division One universities to appear before NCAA's Infractions Committee in San Diego.

The announcement of the hearing comes months after Nicholls said it was investigating evidence of academic fraud within the Colonels' football team. The Southland Conference and the NCAA joined in the investigation.

Nicholls State fired assistant coach Jeff Richards. Head football coach Darryl Daye was not implicated in the fraud but was fired for failing to ``maintain proper controls.'' He was replaced by his top assistant, Jay Thomas. Hulbert said the men's basketball team also is involved in the probe, which came to light in August.

Ricky Blanton resigned as head basketball coach shortly before the current season began, citing family reasons. He has not been implicated in the investigation. Hulbert said the university has submitted its formal response to the NCAA.