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Howard University Suspends Athletes During NCAA Rules Probe

Howard University has suspended some student-athletes while it investigates the possibility of National Collegiate Athletic Association rules violations, a school spokeswoman said.

“The university temporarily withheld a number of student-athletes from competition as a self-imposed action,” Kerry-Ann Hamilton said yesterday in an e-mail. “Most teams will compete as scheduled.”

The Washington-based school declined to elaborate on the target of its investigation.

“To protect the integrity of this review, we are unable to share additional details at this time,” Hamilton said.

An unidentified softball player told the Washington Post that Howard was looking at allegations that some athletes were allegedly keeping the difference between the actual cost of their textbooks and their textbook allowance.

Under NCAA rules, student-athletes who profit from their textbook allowances are ineligible until the money is refunded, the Post said.

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