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College Sports, Division II

Division II Committee on Infractions Releases Decision in Southwest Baptist University Case

On May 23, 2012, the NCAA Division II Committee on Infractions (COI) released its decision regarding the Southwest Baptist University enforcement case. The COI found the institution’s head men’s basketball coach committed recruiting violations and failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance. Specifically, the “head coach sent 472 impermissible text messages to 29 prospective student-athletes and the parents of two prospective student-athletes.” Of particular concern for the COI was the head coach had committed a previous violation regarding text messaging, had been educated on the topic, knew his conduct was impermissible, and still chose to commit the violations.

The penalties implemented as a result of this decision include: (1) one-year probation; (2) a coaching suspension for the first two conference games of the 2012-13 men’s basketball season for the head coach; (3) removal of texting privileges from the head coach’s phone during the 2011-12 academic year; (4) participation in an ethics training program for the head coach; (5) a reduction of allowable men’s basketball scholarships from 10 to eight scholarships for the 2012-13 year; (6) prohibition from any on-campus recruiting activities for a 12-week period and elimination of off-campus recruiting activities for six months for all men’s basketball coaching staff; and (7) suspension of all official visits for the 2011-12 academic year.

The public report from the COI can be found here.

The Michael L. Buckner Law Firm will provide a full review of this case as well in the July 2012 College Sports Best Practices newsletter.

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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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