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June 2015
Alabama Self-Reported 13 secondary violations, five from the football department

Alabama's football program self-reported five secondary-level violations from July 2014 - June 2015, which range from accidental texts to allowing an academic non-qualifier to practice and work out with the team. While that freshman has had to seek reinstatement, that is the only real impact to Alabama from the violations.


May 2015
Michigan State Self-Reports Four Level III NCAA Violations

Michigan's football program reported that it had four secondary violations occur during the first four month's of Jim Harbaugh's career as head coach there. All four are considered unintentional, due to Harbaugh's inexperience with NCAA rules. The football staff has now been educated by the Compliance Staff, and no student-athlete or coach was affected in regards to eligibility.

April 2015
Oklahoma State receives a one-year probation in response to violations by the football program

Following an investigation, the NCAA concluded that the Oklahoma State athletics department did not follow its own drug testing policy, and the Orange Pride student group hosted impermissible activities for both unofficial and official visits. In response, Oklahoma State will face a one-year probation, ending on April 23, 2016 and $8,500 in fines, in addition to other, university-imposed restrictions. The university said it was satisfied with both the thoroughness of the investigation and the fairness of the outcome.

March 2015
OSU's QB Braxton Miller could be in danger of NCAA Violations

In late March, one of OSU's three quarterbacks, Braxton Miller, posted a picture on Instagram of him and his trainer framing Advocare products, a type of nutritional supplement. Because the picture (which has since been removed) appears to be an endorsement of the product, something which NCAA student-athletes are not allowed to do, Miller could be facing NCAA violations. OSU Athletics say they are looking into the matter.

February 2015
NCAA puts West Virginia on probation for recruiting violations

After West Virginia self-reported 14 incidences of recruiting violations, including impermissible texts and calls, the NCAA is placing them under a two-year probation and recruiting restrictions. The violations, which occurred from June 2010 through February 2013, consist of Level II and Level III infractions, and span over 14 sports. The school claims the coaches involved did not fully understand the recruiting communication rules, nor did they know how to use their compliance software.

January 2015
UH Men's Basketball faces serious NCAA Violations

The University of Hawaii's Men's Basketball program, along with several of its coaches, is being charged with Level I and II violations, the most severe of the four possible levels. The Notice of Allegations is due to a January 2014 report by UH regarding possible admissions-related violations. If upheld, the program could receive a postseason ban and scholarship reductions, among other sanctions.

December 2014
Proposals recommend more benefits for Division I student-athletes

Division I scholarship definition could change.

Division I student-athletes could soon receive additional help for college-related expenses beyond what they already get through a scholarship. The schools within five conferences - the Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern - will vote in January on a proposal to change financial aid rules to further benefit student-athletes. It is one of four related proposals to be considered at the 2015 NCAA Convention in January. These schools now have the flexibility to propose and adopt rules within a set of specific categories as part of the new Division I governance structure.

October 2014
NCAA rules forces Miami suspension; team down to 9 scholarship guys

Miami will be without the services of two scholarship players for at least the first two months of the season. The Hurricanes announced Spanish-born Ivan Cruz Uceda, a junior college transfer, will sit for the first half of Miami's season due to NCAA-mandated suspension. Becuase Cruz Uceda did not immediately go from high school/prep school to college within a year of graduating, he is subject to missing 50 percent of his first eligible season of Division I basketball.

June 2014
BYU investigating improper football benefits allegations

Brigham Young University is investigating whether current or former football players received illegal benefits from a former football program staff member. The investigation, first reported by 1280 The Zone, was confirmed by the university via the Salt Lake Tribune.

May 2014
Tennessee's Rock Is Painted To Welcome Kahlil McKenzie, And That's A Recruiting Violation

Class of 2015 recruit Kahlil McKenzie, a 4-star defensive tackle from Concord, California who has offers from over 20 big-time college football schools, is visiting Tennessee today to see if playing for the Volunteers could be in his future. As such, UT supporters are using the school's famous "rock" to officially welcome him to campus. In fact, they put together a fairly impressive graphic to make him feel at home.

April 2014
NCAA's 'Big Five' conferences push for looser restrictions, rule changes

College football's five power conferences are circulating a list of rules the group would like to see added or changed when the Division I Board of Directors meet later this spring.

March 2014
Ben Wetzler suspended for 20 percent of Oregon State's season

Oregon State pitcher Ben Wetzler was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round in last June's MLB draft. As is standard procedure these days, he consulted with an agent while deciding whether to sign with the Phillies or to stay in school. He elected the latter.
In turn, the Phillies turned in Wetzler for the NCAA for contact with an agent and now he's been cost 20 percent of his senior year.

January 2014
Maryland alleges ACC violated its own rules over exit fee

The state of Maryland filed a counterclaim against the ACC in a North Carolina court on Monday evening, alleging that the conference broke its own rules when it increased the conference's exit fee to $52 million and that it "ignored and breached the ACC Constitution in its urgency to punish Maryland and deter further withdrawals from the conference."

December 2013
Assistant Tosh Lupoi investigated

Washington Huskies assistant football coach Tosh Lupoi is being investigated for potential violations of NCAA rules after he allegedly paid for tutoring and online classes for a recruit, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday night.

November 2013
Recruiting Director Suspended 5 days

ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia handed director of on-campus football recruiting Daryl Jones a five-day suspension over a number of minor recruiting violations that it reported to the SEC.

The Athens Banner-Herald reported Monday that UGA athletic director Greg McGarity sent a letter to SEC commissioner Mike Slive on Sept. 30 detailing how the school committed violations with a number of mailings to high school juniors.

August 2013
Schools push for stronger agent laws

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Athletic officials across the country have banded together to stop underhanded tactics some sports agents use to illegally contact college athletes.

They have been joined in the fight by five agents certified by the NFL Players Association.

"As we've seen over the years, there are a decent number of people out there that don't play by the rules," said Paul Pogge, an associate athletic director at North Carolina and a co-author of a nine-page memo proposing changes to agent laws. "The more entities and individuals we can have working together to protect the student-athletes, the institutions and the professional representatives who do play by the rules, I think that benefits all of us."

August 2013
Sources: NCAA investigating Manziel

MIAMI -- The NCAA is investigating whether Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel was paid for signing hundreds of autographs on photos and sports memorabilia in January, "Outside the Lines" has learned. Two sources tell "Outside the Lines" that the Texas A&M quarterback agreed to sign memorabilia in exchange for a five-figure flat fee during his trip to Miami for the Discover BCS National Championship. Both sources said they witnessed the signing, though neither saw the actual exchange of money.

July 2013
NCAA Puts Oregon on Probation, Takes Away Scholarship for Recruiting Violations

The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed the program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties like a bowl ban despite issuing a show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans and it players.

The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions released a report on Wednesday that said Kelly failed to monitor the program for its improper involvement with Willie Lyles and his Houston-based recruiting service.

June 2013
Golfer penalized for washing car

A member of a women's golf team at a West Coast Conference school has been sanctioned by the NCAA for washing her car on campus, according to University of Portland basketball coach Eric Reveno.

Reveno tweeted about the violation Wednesday after he learned of it during conference meetings, culminating his message with the hashtag #stopinsanity.

April 2013
College: ISU self reports NCAA violations, seeking two years probation

Iowa State is seeking two years of probation from the NCAA for 79 impermissible phone calls made by undisclosed coaches from 2008 to 2011.

The athletic department announced Tuesday that it has entered a summary disposition process with the NCAA and was asking for probation, stemming from impermissible phone calls and text messages made to recruits during the three-year period. ISU self-reported the violations to the NCAA in November 2011.

March 2013
Some Major Colleges Fear Looser N.C.A.A. Recruiting Rules

"I am a proponent of close examination of ways to improve and streamline the rule book," Currie said. "We spend too much time and money trying to legislate something that is impossible to regulate. A text message ban has unintended negative consequences and causes more waste of resources than unlimited texting. If a kid does not want to return a phone call or text, he won't."

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Carly Pariseau
Associate Athletics Director - Compliance
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Jerron Pearson
Associate Director for Compliance and Eligibility
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Francie Pronovost
Assistant Director - Compliance & Recruiting
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