BLACKSBURG, VA., JULY 2 -- Virginia Tech officials released a report today that detailed "serious breaches of academic integrity" involving student athletes at the school, including grade tampering and recruiting players not capable of doing college work.

Among the findings of the six-member committee, appointed in April by university President William E. Lavery to investigate allegations of recruiting violations:Many scholarship athletes enroll in what were described as "cafeteria courses" instead of classes leading to a degree. One basketball player was declared ineligible to play after he failed a class in "house plants." Not one basketball player recruited since 1981 has graduated.

To keep one player eligible, a professor, responding to a request from a basketball coach, gave the player a grade for a course in which the student had not done any work. The wife of one basketball player received a $7,200 car loan from "a representative of the university's athletic interests."

Today's revelations are but the latest complaints about the athletic program at Virginia Tech, the state's largest university, with 22,000 students. A special grand jury convened Wednesday in nearby Christiansburg to investigate allegations of extortion involving a former Tech basketball player, and the Virginia attorney general is investigating reported irregularities in the school's athletic programs.

Gov. Gerald L. Baliles, speaking at Tech's commencement last month, warned administrators that he intends to get rid of members of the school's Board of Visitors if they cannot restore academic integrity at the university.

"I expect extracurricular activities to have a place -- and to be kept in their place. I expect academic endeavor to hold unrivaled priority -- without exception," the governor told the graduates and their guests.

The governor said in Richmond today that he would decide within 10 days what to do regarding the three seats on the university's Board of Visitors that are held by members who are up for reappointment or are retiring.

Lavery said the findings released today mean that the university must "take control" of the athletic department, which has operated since 1949 as a private corporation outside the structure of the school -- the only such arrangement in Virginia and one of the few in the country.

Most of the criticism in the report was aimed at the basketball program and veteran basketball coach Charlie Moir, but the investigators also found problems in Tech's football program.

Lavery refused to say what actions, if any, he would take against Moir or others, saying there are "legal considerations."

Raymond D. Smoot Jr., the university's treasurer who is serving as interim athletic director, said Moir was told about the report shortly before it was unveiled at a news conference this afternoon.

Moir, who was not available for comment, has been sparring with university officials over his contract, which runs for another two years but contains an option for it to be reopened as of Wednesday.

William S. White Jr., a Tech graduate and vice rector of the school's Board of Visitors who headed the committee, said the panel found about a dozen infractions of National Collegiate Athletic Association regulations.

The committee found a "significant decline in the academic potential of athletes in recent years, especially in the basketball program," according to the report.

"It is evident that most {basketball recruits} are not serious students," the report continued, and that "the men's basketball program has not been built on the concept of a student-athlete, at least not over the last half-dozen years. Clearly, athletes have been recruited into the university to play basketball."

Once an athlete is on campus, the report said, there is "a concerted effort . . . to keep {him} eligible to play four years."

"While coaches are responsible for the place of academics in their programs, it is also evident that the university community -- faculty and administration -- permitted this to happen. In this respect, the university community is responsible for what has occurred," the report said.

Lavery, in answer to a question today, acknowledged that he personally approved the admission of "one or two" of the players in question.

The report pointed out that since 1980, while the test scores of all entering students at Tech have steadily increased, the scores of scholarship athletes have steadily decreased, to the point where the spread between the SAT scores of athletes and those of other students now averages 440 points, "a difference in academic potential that places the student-athlete at a serious disadvantage in the classroom."

Other apparent violations of NCAA rules, according to the report, included:Athletic boosters served as "foster parents" for players, giving them Christmas gifts, use of automobiles and meals at area restaurants. A tutor was employed by the basketball coaches for a prospective recruit. Summer jobs and free lodging were arranged for scholarship players. Prospects were allowed to play pickup basketball games with members of the varsity team. Scholarship players played in pickup games outside the permissible practice season.