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WSU knew of possible rules violations, but hired Wulff anyway

Wulff said violations such as what happened at EWU would not happen at Washington State (Photo: SWX) Wulff said violations such as what happened at EWU would not happen at Washington State (Photo: SWX)

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University knew Paul Wulff was being investigated for potential rule infractions at Eastern Washington, but they hired him anyway.

"We were aware, from our own research and Paul (Wulff), of potential NCAA infractions at Eastern Washington University during the time frame when Paul was the head football coach," said WSU Athletic Director Jim Sterk in a news release issued Wednesday.

Sterk said the school hired Wulff despite the ongoing investigation, and that Wulff was "straightforward about these allegations". Instead, WSU seemed to place at least part of the blame for the troubles at EWU on Eastern Washington itself.

"We take these allegations very seriously and believe Paul is a man of tremendous integrity and the situation derived more from a lack of institutional control at Eastern Washington, where limited compliance and academic staff were in place at that time," Sterk said.

Sterk pointed out the NCAA never said Wulff intentionally break the rules to gain a recruiting advantage.

"I greatly appreciate the support of Washington State University, the athletic department and all Cougar fans throughout the past year," said Wulff in WSU's news release.  "Now that I have been immersed for more than a year in the athletic department and the excellent compliance support it provides, I am confident situations such as these will never happen again.

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