Albany State University fans who usually listen to football games on Albany’s WMRZ 98.1 radio and website won’t hear the Golden Rams game against the Lane College Dragons on Saturday. Lane did not grant permission to ASU’s radio crew to broadcast the game, which kicks off at 6 p.m. (Central Time) at Rockroth Stadium.
Lane College was cited by the NCAA in 2008 for four years for major violations of NCAA rules. According to the NCAA report, student-athletes were allowed to practice, compete and receive financial aid while ineligible. In addition to probation, Lane lost scholarships and was declared ineligible telecast athletic events for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 academic years.
The NCAA report prohibits the television broadcasts of athletic events, and does not address radio broadcasts, according to a spokesperson with the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions. Lane’s decision to deny the radio broadcast was a self-imposed penalty.
“The choice not to broadcast games in any format is an institutional decision,” Lane Athletics Director Greg Bormann wrote in a emailed statement to Albany State. “This is our last year of broadcast sanctions.”
In his fifth season as the voice of the Golden Rams, Fred “Freddie Fresh” Suttles said he is disappointed with Lane’s decision about the radio broadcast.
“Radio broadcasts of Golden Rams football games are a tradition at Albany State. We’ve had radio since 1966,” Suttles said. “It’s disappointing that our loyal fans won’t be able to hear the game. The NCAA penalties did not include radio broadcasts. We’ve never had to deal with anything like this in the past.”
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