May 19th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

An independent auditor will conduct a financial review of San Jose State’s athletic donations in the wake of allegations that school officials misappropriated funds donated for sports scholarship and used them to pay for bonuses for coaches and staff, car allowances and other perks. San Jose State president Mary A. Papazian announced Friday that she plans to “look closely” into questions about how the university used donations, adding that if the audit shows that the funds were misused, the school will find other money to fulfill the donors’ intent or return the donations. Earlier this week, the campus newspaper, the Spartan Daily, reported that only 4.4 percent of more than $6.3 million in donations collected over a four-year period by the athletic department’s former fundraising arm, the Spartan Foundation, went toward student scholarships. About 470 student-athletes participate in 22 sports programs under the top level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, known as Division 1. -Elliott Almond, mercurynews. Read More.

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