LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The NCAA vacated two of Arkansas' national championships in track and field Thursday and placed the school on three years' probation after investigating violations involving sprint star Tyson Gay and a former assistant coach.
Razorbacks coach John McDonnell has built one of the top college athletic programs in any sport over more than three decades with the school. Arkansas has won 40 national championships in track and field and cross country, not counting the two that were taken away from the 2004 and 2005 outdoor track and field championships.
Arkansas had self-reported violations committed by former assistant Lance Brauman, who was convicted last year of embezzlement, theft and mail fraud. The convictions stemmed from his time at Barton County Community College in Kansas, part of a scandal that spawned charges against seven Barton County coaches and the athletic director and led to the firing of the school's president. Brauman was coaching Arkansas when he was convicted.
Neither the university's self-report nor the NCAA named Gay, who won the world championship this year at 100 and 200 meters. But Brauman's mail-fraud indictment identified the athlete, who transferred from Barton County to Arkansas.