UM president considers request to reduce NCAA sanctions


MISSOULA, Mont. - University of Montana President Royce Engstrom says he's considering at a request by hundreds of Montana football fans to request a reduction of its NCAA sanctions. 

The association found players received improper benefits and coaches and others failed to monitor the program.

Last July, the NCAA agreed to UM's self-imposed sanctions of 3 years of probation, the loss of four scholarships for three seasons, and the vacation of five football wins including two playoff wins.

In December, football program supporters argued the sanctions exceeded those imposed on other schools that acknowledged more egregious and blatant violations. They argued the "extra benefits" were humanitarian in nature and that the NCAA is considering removing some of the penalized activities as violations.

Engstrom says he's consulting with people on the matter.

Athletic Director Kent Haslam said he's grateful for the passionate fans and the points they've put forward.

"The proposal has weighed heavily on the president's mind for months," Haslam told NBC Montana Tuesday.

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