NCAA places UM football program on probation, vacates 5 wins

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The University of Montana football program will serve three years on probation and vacate five wins, including one against Montana State University and two playoff victories, as punishment for violating several NCAA rules governing student-athletes.

UM also will have its football scholarships reduced from 63 to 59 for three years, must donate $3,000 to local charities and must have an outside agency review its athletics compliance program.

Concluding an 18-month investigation into the UM football program on Friday, the NCAA found that former head coach Robin Pflugrad failed to monitor the football program, allowing boosters to provide extra benefits, including bail money and legal representation, to players.

The investigation also found the football team had exceeded its coaching limits and that two former players, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and backup quarterback Gerald Kemp, competed while ineligible.

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