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Postseason ban against Michigan lifted

Sept. 25, 2003 at 4:47 PM

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Sept. 25 (UPI) -- As reported, the NCAA has lifted the postseason ban against the men's basketball program at the University of Michigan.

Both the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News reported the lifting of the ban in their Thursday editions. The action was taken by the NCAA Division I infraction committee.

Michigan officials conceded guilt regarding former booster Ed Martin on Nov. 7, 2002, and announced several self-imposed penalties. Martin, who told investigators he paid former basketball players about $616,000, died of a heart attack in February.

"We have learned some hard lessons from this experience, but we emerged from it with a stronger program and a renewed commitment to the highest standards of integrity," said Athletic Director Bill Martin.

Michigan will lose four scholarships over a four-year period and serve four years of probation ending in November 2006, but will be eligible for the postseason.

"I am thrilled for the young men on our team and I truly believe they deserve this opportunity," said Coach Tommy Amaker.

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