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Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Nebraska gets probation for books case

By Adam Rittenberg

The NCAA has put Nebraska on two years probation and agreed to a self-imposed fine stemming from an impermissible benefits case involving textbooks and school supplies.

Nebraska last summer self-reported violations that student-athletes had inadvertently received recommended course textbooks. In the school's report to the NCAA, Nebraska self-imposed two years of probation and a $28,000 fine. The NCAA on Wednesday increased the fine to $38,000, payable to a charity. The probation period runs through Jan. 31, 2014. The report also stated Nebraska has implemented a new process for distributing textbooks to scholarship athletes.

While Nebraska has to be pleased that no further penalties were imposed, it would have been surprising if the NCAA had come down harder.

In other Nebraska news, coach Bo Pelini announced Wednesday that assistant Ross Els will serve as recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator. Defensive coordinator John Papuchis previously had served as the team's recruiting coordinator.