Oklahoma admits 2 major violations in men's hoops

by Michael Baldwin Modified: July 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm •  Published: July 28, 2011
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Former Oklahoma men's basketball assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro committed two major infractions, but school officials are asking the NCAA for leniency that self imposed sanctions should be the only penalty.

Oklahoma did not lack institutional control, according to a 438-page summary disposition report that was released Thursday following a 15-month investigation.

Former head coach Jeff Capel was found of no wrong doing.

OU officials have asked the NCAA to place the men's basketball program on two more years probation and vacate all wins from the 13-18 season two years ago.

The Sooners also proposed taking away one scholarship, two official visits and 10 in-person recruiting days during the upcoming academic year.

With the men's basketball program already on probation because of hundreds of impermissible recruiting phone calls made by former head coach Kelvin Sampson, repeat violators can face a minimum of having a sport dropped for one or two years with no scholarships for two seasons.

OU officials conceded in the report that it qualifies under “repeat violator” bylaws with major infractions within five years in the same sport. But previous cases show penalties “are not appropriate in this case.”

Since the report concluded it was an isolated incident involving a single member of the coaching staff, OU officials are asking self imposed sanctions be the only punishment.

Athletic department spokesman Kenny Mossman said the process should take several weeks. OU will not comment until the process is resolved.

The heavily redacted report doesn't reveal a player's name. But former OU center Keith “Tiny” Gallon said in interviews he accepted a $3,000 loan from a Florida financial adviser to pay for his high school transcripts to be released so he could enroll at OU.

According to the report, Taliaferro was guilty of two major infractions — failing to notify school officials of an improper benefit and lying to NCAA investigators in his first interview.

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by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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