Howard University Suspends Athletic Programs, Games

4/4/2012, 8:01 p.m.

Officials at Howard University said Wednesday that the school is under a self-imposed suspension of all of its intercollegiate sports programs, pending outcome of an investigation surrounding NCAA rules.

University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement later in the day that officials were working diligently to get to the bottom of the highly-unusual suspension, which could be temporary, and involves possible misuse of textbook vouchers.

The vouchers were given to athletes who reportedly used them for whatever they wanted.

"Howard University is conducting an internal investigation of possible NCAA rules-violations. As a result of this process, the University temporarily withheld a number of student-athletes from competition as a self-imposed action," the statement read. "Most teams will compete as scheduled. We are working diligently to fully resolve this matter as quickly as possible. In order to protect the integrity of this review, we are unable to share additional details at this time."

Reports further state that amid the university's announcement, football, softball and track and field team practices continued Wednesday at the school's stadium.

The reports also noted that as word of the suspension spread across the campus, when some of the athletes were approached by the media for comment, none would comment. Officials were also being closed mouthed, according to the reports.