At Caltech, where the laws of physics are understood, the rules of the NCAA apparently proved elusive.
When the college sports governing body announced sanctions against the California Institute of Technology Thursday, some found it hard to believe that a school where losing streaks can be older than its athletes could be guilty of the kind of corner-cutting associated with athletic powerhouses.
"It's not like we've got Reggie Bush," said Caltech student Justin Khim, referring to the former USC and current NFL star at the center of the Trojans' troubles. The NCAA issued sanctions in 2010, including a two-year bowl ban, for improper benefits to the Heisman Trophy winner.
Caltech over four years had allowed 30 student athletes who were academically ineligible to play in practice or games in 12 sports, including baseball, basketball, tennis and swimming, the NCAA said.