Buster football randomly selected for NJCAA audit
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The Garden City Community College football team has been selected to undergo an eligibility audit by the NJCAA, The Telegram learned on Tuesday.
According to Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference commissioner Bryce Roderick, the Busters were selected at random as the NJCAA does an annual lottery of all sports programs at NJCAA member schools across the United States.
The college was told of the audit late last week and were given a 72-hour window to answer the standard questions within the audit and provide any documentation to the NJCAA.
According to GCCC athletics director Ryan Ruda, the college submitted the proper paperwork earlier than the allotted 72 hours. The NJCAA did not provide the results from the audit and no timetable was set for those results to be delivered to the school.
"We run an ethical program," Ruda said. "We hold ourselves in high regard as far as making sure things, compliance-wise, are in place."
Ruda also said the college does not expect any findings of wrongdoing in the audit. The NJCAA office also did not express any specific concerns about the football team or any particular player at the time of informing the college about the audit.
The NJCAA is required to audit five percent of member programs throughout the country each year, said Mark Krug, the NJCAA's assistant executive director of sports information and media relations.
The audits ascertain eligibility information about each certified athlete for the program, ensure proper documentation is submitted and that each athlete is enrolled in the required amount of classes to participate in athletics.
"They are verifying the students are enrolled in Garden City and the number of hours they are enrolled in," Ruda said.
GCCC was last audited after the 2010 volleyball season, a season in which the volleyball team was then under a one-year probation. The college was required to undergo an audit as part of the one-year probation.
The Busters are not the only Jayhawk Conference team to be audited this semester, Roderick said, as at least one other Fall sports program was randomly selected.