The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions issued its September 29, 2011, decision finding that the University of Cincinnati committed a major violation in its women’s basketball program. The university self-discovered and self-reported the violations in this case, which involved 220 impermissible recruiting telephone calls (176 by a former women’s assistant basketball coach, 24 by other members of the women’s basketball coaching staff and 20 by the football coaching staff).
Cincinnati’s penalties will include:
- public reprimand and censure;
- two years of probation;
- one-year show-cause order for a former women’s basketball assistant coach;
- limit of three women’s basketball staff members performing recruiting activities;
- reduction of women’s basketball coaching staff to three countable coaches for a six-month period during the 2010-11 season;
- prohibited head women’s basketball coach from making calls to unsigned PSAs for a two-week period;
- prohibited two women’s assistant basketball coaches from making calls to unsigned PSAs for five- and one-week periods;
- prohibited football coaching staff from having recruiting telephone contact during four different time periods during 2011; and
- prohibited three football assistant coaches from making calls to PSAs during varying time periods during the summer of 2011.
NCAA member institutions can enhance their rules-compliance programs by implementing lessons learned from this infractions case, including:
- Develop and implement a comprehensive rules-education program on NCAA legislation to instruct the coaches, the faculty athletics representative, all athletics department personnel and all institution departments who interface with athletics;
- Enhance recruiting call monitoring with the purchase of a proactive telephone call monitoring system to assist in alerting coaches of potential violations and calls made by other coaching staff members to a PSA in real-time;
- Conduct a regular internal audit of the athletics compliance program and rules education process; and
- Conduct a regular external audit of the athletics compliance program and rules education process.