NCAA punishes Northeastern State University in Tahlequah for tennis violations

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) -- The NCAA says a former women's tennis coach at Northeastern State provided improper benefits to some players.

An NCAA panel on Wednesday imposed a year of probation and a $5,000 fine and voided records from some matches.

It also said former coach Ron Cox must attend ethics training if he works at an NCAA-member school in the next two years. Self-imposed penalties included canceling the fall 2012 season.

Investigators said Cox gave $1,300 cash to six athletes and paid for academic fees and meals. He also used athletes to help recruit when there was a language barrier without checking with administrators for guidance.

The NCAA and Cox did not immediately return requests for comment.

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