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NCAA places Texas Tech on probation

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- The NCAA placed the entire Texas Tech athletics program on probation for two years Friday due to recruiting violations.

Texas Tech reported the infractions to the NCAA, which set the punishment. The violations involved text messages that were sent to potential football, softball and golf recruits.

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"I think we have a very good group of coaches who are committed to following the rules," Texas Tech Athletic Director Gerald Myers said. "Obviously, some of our coaches and former coaches made mistakes, but we have a strong monitoring system in place and coaches who believe in doing the right thing.

"Our coaches do a great job of emphasizing the importance of NCAA compliance with their assistants and student-athletes."

The violations occurred between August 2007 and February 2009.

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