Lowly Caltech joins mighty USC with NCAA sanctions

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -- Another storied Southern California university has joined the USC Trojans under the hammer of NCAA sanctions.

The UCLA Bruins? Nope. Would you believe the Caltech Beavers?

The NCAA announced Thursday that the California Institute of Technology has been sanctioned for allowing 30 ineligible players in 12 sports to practice or compete over four years, putting a school whose basketball team went 26 years without a conference victory in the company of athletic powerhouses.

To blame is the school's system of "shopping" for courses, where students attend classes for three weeks before registration. That meant some athletes were not considered full-time students when they took the field.

The penalties, some of them self-imposed by Caltech, include three years' probation, one year without off-campus recruiting and the vacating of wins and records.