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ND college says book closed on petition scandal

Associated Press Published: October 2, 2012

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State University officials say they consider the case closed now that 10 football players have pleaded guilty to faking signatures they were hired to collect for state ballot measures.

President Dean Bresciani says the athletes were scrutinized by the courts, the university's code of student conduct and team rules. Bresciani says he couldn't discuss the school or team discipline because of privacy laws, but he says the people accused in the case "made a serious mistake."

NDSU football coach Craig Bohl says one of the players involved in the scheme, running back Sam Ojuri, will be suspended for this weekend's game against Youngstown State, but not specifically because of the petition incident. The coach wouldn't elaborate.

No other players will sit out.