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College Sports, Education

NCAA Issues Infractions Report in the University of Cincinnati Enforcement Case

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.

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About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

Bar Admissions (North Carolina, Florida and Tennessee) Practice Area (College Sports Law)

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