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BYU investigating allegations of improper benefits to football players

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Nov 30, 2013; Reno, NV, USA; BYU Cougars defense back Daniel Robertson (4) celebrates his interception in the Nevada Wolf Pack end zone in the first half of their NCAA football game at MacKay Stadium. (Lance Iversen/USA TODAY Sports)

BYU is currently under self-investigation amidst reports of improper benefits for football players.

Associate Athletic Director for Communications Duff Tittle said in a stateent that the school was "aware of the allegations and has been conducting a thorough review of the matter."

The Salt Lake City Tribune reports the investigation is centered around Duane Busby, the former director of football operations. Busby resigned in March after 18 years with the school. The allegations have been ongoing for several months and the allegations include "that Busby provided heavily discounted or rent-free housing, free meals and other gifts to selected players he favored, mostly offensive players and skill players."

The manager of former BYU receiver Cody Hoffman told 1280 the Zone in Salt Lake City that Hoffman was contacted by the school about the allegations. The manager said Hoffman did not receive any benefits from Busby and did not talk with the school about the allegations. 1280 first reported the allegations on Wednesday afternoon. (Click here for the audio.)

The Tribune also said that BYU has or is reporting the results of the investigation to the NCAA and will have a suggested self-punishment for the findings.

A spokesperson for the NCAA declined comment on the investigation.

Former Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix was suspended for two games in 2013 after he received a loan of less than $500 over the summer from a strength coach at the school. In November, Corey Harris was fired after he was placed on leave in October.

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