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College Sports, Division I

NCAA Penalizes Iowa State University For Recruiting Violations

On September 6, 2013, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions (COI) released its decision regarding the Iowa State University enforcement case. The COI found the institution failed to monitor its athletics program. Specifically, the violations, which were self-detected and self-reported, included athletics department staff members placing more than 1,400 impermissible recruiting calls to nearly 400 prospects. Additionally, a former student men’s basketball coach sent 160 impermissible text messages to prospects and also placed impermissible recruiting telephone calls. These violations occurred over a three-year period.

The penalties in this included a two-year probation period, a reduction in official paid visits and restrictions on recruiting-related telephone calls.

The full report can be found here.

As a result of this report, the Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions athletics compliance offices take the following measures: (1) purchase and implement monitoring compliance and recruiting software that will help streamline the recording and monitoring of telephone calls; (2) develop procedures to properly document dropped calls and calls where prospective student-athletes were missed or where a message was left; (3) and ensure recruiting legislation and best practices are included in all rules-education materials and sessions.


About Justin P. Sievert, Esquire

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


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