Oklahoma basketball: Probation hasn't affected Sooners much

The clock on penalties levied for actions by former assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro and former player Tiny Gallon is almost up.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 18, 2014
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photo - OU coach Lon Kruger, center, knows a win over any conference team, including struggling Oklahoma State, will help OU make a second consecutive NCAA Tournament. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
OU coach Lon Kruger, center, knows a win over any conference team, including struggling Oklahoma State, will help OU make a second consecutive NCAA Tournament. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

While most of the penalties for Gallon's and Taliaferro's actions were self-imposed, the NCAA added a third year of probation, changed Capel's record for the 2009-10 season, fined the school $15,000 and reduced the recruiting days by 30 to 100 for the 2011-12 academic year. The school initially reduced the number of recruiting days to 120.

All men's basketball recruits must also be informed of the violations committed that led to the probation as well as the probation period in advance of official visits and signing.

“There's been nothing negative at all from that,” Kruger said. “No response. No reaction.”

The school also has to provide the NCAA Committee on Infractions with an Annual Compliance Report by Nov. 1 each year through 2014.

In last year's report, the school outlined programs to educate student-athletes, coaches, staff members, faculty members, alumni, ticket holders, fans, boosters and others on NCAA regulations. That includes the creation of a database of rules education efforts either proactively or in response to an inquiry. Since the data collection was started in June 2007, nearly 4,000 instances have been tracked. The education includes meetings and printed materials.

Some other education efforts includes posters hung throughout athletic venues regarding extra benefits, flat-screen televisions throughout the academic center that are used to convey messages and NCAA rules education, monitoring and reporting of contact between agents and contactable athletes and their families and a letter from Bob Stoops to game day assistants outlining responsibilities, among others.

The school also sent out a mailing to more than 500 Norman-area businesses — including tattoo parlors, clothing stores, car dealerships and service-related businesses, including restaurants — that details applicable rules and regulations regarding benefits to athletes.

“The Department continues to make significant progress toward the University's overall goal of a ‘state of the art' compliance operation capable of maintaining institutional control,” Leonard wrote in the summary of the report. “Considering the nature of college athletics today, we must continue to expand the scope of our rules education and monitoring efforts as it is imperative that we remain diligent in this area.”


by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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