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Grambling To Respond

Wed., Jan. 8, 1997

Grambling athletic director Robert Piper said he does not automatically accept the NCAA’s conclusion that his school was guilty of major rules violations that could lead to penalties ranging from limited scholarships and a ban on postseason play to probation.

“We will carefully study their conclusions and compare them with our internal investigation and make our response,” said Piper.

The NCAA notified the school it found eight violations, including a lack of control over its football program headed by Eddie Robinson, college football’s winningest coach.

Grambling recently completed its own investigation and admitted to two rules violations.

Mick Dennehy, who in his rookie year as coach led Montana to a conference crown and to within one win of a second consecutive national championship, was named the Big Sky Conference’s football coach of the year in a vote of athletic directors.

Southern Utah football coach Rich Ellerson, a former Idaho assistant who went 4-7 in his only season in Cedar City, Utah, said he is resigning over “irreconcilable differences” with athletic director Jack Bishop.

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