NCAA releases penalties for Seawolf Athletics’ women’s basketball program

The NCAA released its findings Friday from a year-and-a-half investigation of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s self-reported violations associated with the women’s basketball program.

The NCAA investigation confirmed that Tim Moser, who coached at UAA for six years, conspired with volunteer assistant coach Elisha Harris to deposit non- university money into secure student-athlete financial accounts, an action forbidden by NCAA regulations. Moser, who resigned from UAA in May 2012, committed this infraction without UAA or the student-athletes’ knowledge or permission.

The NCAA Committee on Infractions has issued the following penalties as a result of actions taken by former women’s basketball head coach, Tim Moser, and former volunteer coach, Elisha Harris, in 2011-2012.

• Public reprimand and censure.

• Two years of probation from May 2, 2014 through May 1, 2016 (originally suggested by UAA).

• A $5,000 fine.

• A vacation of results for the women’s basketball program from the 2011-12 regular season and conference tournaments in which a student-athlete participated while ineligible. The public report contains further details.

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• A reduction of 0.74 scholarships from the allowable maximum of 10.0 scholarships during the 2015-16 academic year.

• An external audit of UAA’s athletics program will be conducted (self-imposed.)

“We’ve been working with the NCAA since July 2012 on this investigation,” said Chancellor Tom Case. “As soon as UAA became aware of this violation, we reported it; we take this very seriously. Our goal—always—is to maintain a safe, honorable and competitive athletics program for our student-athletes, and abiding by the regulations set forth by the NCAA contributes to that goal.”

The NCAA also investigated the provision of transportation, meals and entertainment to student-athletes while on a trip to the East Coast in the fall of 2011. This extra benefit came to light in 2013, during the NCAA’s investigation of Moser’s payments to student-athletes. This infraction, committed by a booster, was categorized as secondary.

“UAA received the final notification of penalties at 10 a.m. on May 2, so we are currently reviewing our options,” said Chancellor Case. “We have high standards for our student-athletes, coaches and athletics staff, and we will continue to take proactive steps to ensure future compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations.”

In addition to ongoing compliance education for all athletics program staff and student-athletes, UAA regularly provides athletics boosters with information and guidance regarding NCAA compliance in an effort to best help them support Seawolf

athletic programs.