Texas case law invalidates a former TCU athlete's lawsuit seeking permission to compete for the Texas Longhorns track team, according to TCU's legal response filed in state district court.According to the response, TCU is basing its defense on the Texas Supreme Court's August decision in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Yeo. TCU claims the plaintiff has failed to present a justiciable issue, according to TCU's response.
Records set by the men's track and field team will be removed from the record books because of violations committed between 1997 and 2004, the NCAA announced Thursday. Sixteen of 22 student-athletes involved in the violations finished in the Top 10 in 43 events at the the NCAA Division I indoor and outdoor track championships, according to a NCAA release.
The NCAA D-I Committee on Infractions also placed the TCU athletics program on probation for two years.
TCU track and field members said TCU's legacy is still intact despite problems surrounding the program.Former head track and field coach Monte Stratton and his assistant coaches allegedly violated NCAA rules before Stratton was fired last September. The NCAA is conducting an investigation of TCU, but a decision has not been announced. Last year, the program operated under self-imposed sanctions that banned the runners from post-season competition - both individual and team.
Sophomore sprinter Jay Cooper said he came to TCU because of the track tradition.
"They lost everything. They lost it all."Vernon Russell, a junior cornerback from Gramercy, La., said he did not personally experience Hurricane Katrina, but members of his family, including his parents, lived in the area hit hardest by the hurricane.
Russell said his family lived west of New Orleans and now has nothing to go back to.
His mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandfather and cousins are living with him in an apartment off Hulen Street.
The deadline for TCU to respond to the lawsuit filed by Jacob Hernandez, former TCU track and field athlete, has been extended by two weeks, TCU attorney Robert Ginsburg said Monday.Ginsburg said he is not allowed to discuss the reason for extending the deadline because it is a "pending litigation."
Tracy Syler-Jones, the spokesperson for TCU, said she could not give the reason why the deadline was extended.
She said she was not able to discuss any matters pertaining to the lawsuit because of TCU's policy prohibiting commenting on "pending litigation."
TCU's track and field legacy could be in jeopardy because of an NCAA investigation and self-imposed sanctions now in place, said former TCU sprinter and alumnus David Spencer on Wednesday.Spencer was a member of the 2001 NCAA champion 4x100 meters relay team.
The TCU track team has been under investigation since September 2004 from the NCAA for alleged improprieties by former head coach Monte Stratton and his coaching staff.
TCU also has self-imposed sanctions, banning them from postseason competition.
When there is thunder, lightning is soon to follow. The same can be said about senior tailback Lonta Hobbs and junior tailback Robert Merrill.
Hobbs described himself as a straightforward runner.
"I don't try to juke," Hobbs said.
Merrill considers Hobbs to be a power runner, but considers himself to be the exact opposite.
"Slasher," Merrill replied when asked about his running style. "But I am nothing without my offensive line," Merrill said with a smile, turning to starting center Stephen Culp.
Former TCU student-athlete Jacob Hernandez is not able to compete for the University of Texas but is able to practice with Texas' track and field team, his lawyer said.Shelby Sharpe, Hernandez's attorney, said he knows Hernandez is working out in Austin, but does not know if he is actually practicing with the team. There is no NCAA rule prohibiting Hernandez from practicing with Texas, Sharpe said.
Hernandez, an award-winning sprinter, is suing TCU for his release and necessary attorney fees and costs, according to the lawsuit. Hernandez recently transferred to Texas.
TCU has until the end of the week to respond to a lawsuit recently filed by an award-winning athlete and former student, according to the Tarrant County District Clerk's Office.In the lawsuit, Jacob Hernandez alleges TCU violated its own policy by denying his request to transfer to the University of Texas Track and Field program.
Hernandez filed the lawsuit Aug. 2, and TCU, the defendant, has 20 days after the first Monday the lawsuit was filed to respond, according to the clerk's office.