Citing violations in Michigan State's women's track and field program and the men's wrestling program, the NCAA said yesterday that it was extending the school's probation two more years.
Michigan State, which was finishing the probation issued in 1996 for violations in its football program, will remain on probation until 2001 for "major violations" in the two sports programs, the NCAA said.
In a decision Michigan State has accepted, the NCAA said it found violations of bylaws governing extra benefits, recruiting, coaching limitations, eligibility and ethical conduct.
HARTFORD COACH: Former Connecticut women's basketball star Jennifer Rizzotti has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Hartford. Rizzotti, a member of the WNBA champion Houston Comets, replaces Allison Jones, who resigned Aug. 30 after seven years at Hartford.
FOOTBALL PROBE: Notre Dame is investigating a report that former backup quarterback Eric Chappell tried to sell complimentary football game tickets, a school official said.
Notre Dame's student newspaper, the Observer, quoted an anonymous source in yesterday's edition who claimed Chappell, who was dismissed from the team earlier this week, offered to sell him and a 1998 Notre Dame graduate two tickets for the Sept. 4 Notre Dame-Michigan game for $50 each.
The source said he had previously received free tickets from Chappell and other players.
LEGAL WOES: LSU football co-captain Larry Foster, arrested earlier this week for purse snatching, has other legal problems. Since 1997, Foster has had two outstanding warrants for his arrest stemming from two counts of issuing worthless checks in Baton Rouge, La.