JACKSONVILLE, Texas (KETK) - The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) has placed an East Texas junior college's basketball program on probation.
According to NCJAA.org, the athletics governing body put Jacksonville College's men's and women's basketball programs on probation for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The Jacksonville Daily Progress reports the probation stems from the Letter of Intent (LOI) reporting process in how the NJCAA and Jacksonville College view the term “Performance Grants.”
The Cherokee County-based newspaper says Jacksonville College "views the grants as tuition discounts, which most students who attend the college receive. The NJCAA, however, views the grants as athletic aid. The college never viewed the grants as athletic aid that could give the program a competitive advantage over other institutions."
The probationary status does not affect those sports in which the college is not on probation. The probationary period involves the forfeiture by the member college of the right to participate in Regional, District and National Championships during the probationary period.
During the probationary period, the teams shall not be eligible for Regional and/or National honors in the sports involved. At the end of the probationary period, the member college shall request it be taken off probation. The NJCAA Executive Committee shall either grant the request or continue the probation for one additional year.