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Texas administrator leaves in wake of NCAA investigation at previous employer

Posted August 4th, 2016

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University of Texas officials pressured a school administrator to resign in January after they discovered he had not been forthcoming about an ongoing NCAA investigation at his previous employer, a source told the American-Statesman.

Ben Corpus served as UT’s vice provost for enrollment management after working in a similar capacity at Baruch College, a school located in Manhattan.

UT officials only learned of Corpus’ involvement in the infractions case six months after he came to Austin.

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The NCAA Division III Committee on Infractions released its public report in July on Baruch College. The committee found that approximately 30 athletes received $255,097 in impermissible benefits over a five-year period.

“UT does not discuss personnel issues,” UT spokesman Gary Susswein said. However, a source said UT admissions or enrollment management officials would not have any oversight of Longhorns athletics.

The committee’s final report did not call out Corpus by name, only referring to a former vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and the women’s basketball coach. Both Baruch employees were given show-cause penalties and banned from athletically-related duties, according to the report.

The NCAA’s report said Corpus “knowingly arranged or provided impermissible financial aid and extra benefits to student-athletes.”

Corpus is the second known UT employee dismissed in the last year due to NCAA problems caused elsewhere. Texas coach Charlie Strong fired defensive backs coach Chris Vaughn in February when the school discovered he was connected to an NCAA investigation at Mississippi.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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