JU football banned from 2015 playoffs

No NCAA violations were violated during internal review


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Pioneer Football League (PFL) has imposed a one-year ban on post-season play for the 2015 football season for Jacksonville University. This comes after the league accepted the school's voluntary removal of its 2010 and 2014 championships in football.

In response to a league survey, a university-ordered internal review in the fall of 2014 found possible infractions of the PFL's financial aid rules. The school reported to the league its findings, that aid was inappropriately dispersed to football players, and elected to remove itself from consideration for the championships and to vacate conference wins from 2010-2014.

"The PFL Enforcement Committee, composed of three league presidents and two athletic directors, met with the university to adjudicate the case and made final decisions on the matter. The committee has fully accepted Jacksonville's self-imposed sanctions and has decided upon a ban on 2015 post-season play,'' PFL Commissioner Patty Viverito said. "Throughout the process, Jacksonville has been forthright, straight forward and a model of character and integrity.''

The investigation concluded that no NCAA violations were violated during the school's internal review.

"We accept the league's findings and thank them for their careful review,'' JU Chief Athletics Officer/Athletic Director Donnie Horner said. "We at JU are committed to conducting ourselves honorably.''