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.
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.
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.
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.
Syracuse's latest potential secondary violation hilariously exposes NCAA hypocrisy
Considering how many potential NCAA violations the official twitter account for Syracuse athletics has committed the past few years, you'd swear the school's social media director was a saboteur trying to get the Orange in trouble. The latest mistake came Friday when a tweet from the account urged Syracuse fans to "Get your Tyler Ennis jersey while they are still available!!!"
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Oregan proposed 2-year probation
The University of Oregon has acknowledged major NCAA violations in connection with football recruiting and proposed a self-imposed two-year probation with the loss of one scholarship in each of the next three years, according to documents released by the school.
Oregon and the NCAA have failed to come to an agreement on the matter and the case is expected to go before the infractions committee at some point this year.
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.
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."