STILLWATER — Playing nine holes of golf.
Providing color commentary for a soccer match.
Returning a phone call from an unknown number.
Texting instead of Facebook messaging.
Those are the types of acts the resulted in Oklahoma State's self-reported secondary NCAA violations since Sept. of 2012, which were recently obtained by The Oklahoman through a public records request.
In all, there were 16 instances from 10 sports where a self-reported violation took place. Five of those came from the football program, with all relating to recruiting.
Here's a breakdown of those violations:
Feb. 21, 2013: Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements inadvertently returned a missed call he believed was from a high-school coach he was attempting to contact. Instead, the call was from a junior prospective student-athlete. Clements quickly explained he had made a mistake and ended the call after one minute. Self-imposed punishment: Ban on any phone calls to that prospect during the next two permissible calling opportunities — one call during junior year and the first call of senior year.
March 8, 2013: Former offensive line coach Joe Wickline inadvertently invited two two-year college non-qualifier prospects, along with their coach, to visit campus. Because the trio was passing through Stillwater on the way to another school for an unofficial visit, Wickline assumed the two players were qualifiers and failed to verify that information with the eligibility center. Self-imposed punishment: Counted the visit as one of its three permissible off-campus contacts with both players.
April 5, 2013: Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich inadvertently responded to a text message from a junior prospective student-athlete. Yurcich was in the middle of sending permissible Facebook messages via the application on his phone when the text came in, and forgot the difference between Facebook messages and impermissible text messages. Self-imposed punishment: Ban on any telephone contact with prospect for a two-week period at beginning of senior year.
Oct. 11, 2013: OSU staff inadvertently used two evaluations on the same Houston-area high school during the fall evaluation period. Receivers coach Kasey Dunn first visited the school on Sept. 20, using OSU's one permissible evaluation for the fall. But cornerbacks coach Van Malone later evaluated a game played by the same school. The first evaluation of that school was not logged on a sheet indicating all visits that had already taken place that fall, so Malone did not realize attending the game was impermissible. Self-imposed punishment: Reduced evaluation days in the fall by two.
Oct. 15, 2013: Receivers coach Jason Ray inadvertently returned a phone call from a junior prospective student-athlete, who wanted to request tickets to an upcoming game. After ending the call following one minute, Ray followed up with an email to the prospect explaining that schools could only receive phone calls from juniors. Self-imposed punishment: Prohibited from calling prospect during the spring window from April 15-May 31, as well as the first permissible week of senior year.
Nov. 27, 2012: Assistant coach Bill Annan evaluated a prospective student-athlete twice in one week by attending a game, then a practice the following day. Self-imposed punishment: Reduced permissible recruiting days during 2012-13 academic year by two days (to 98 days).
Nov. 14, 2012: Assistant coach Zach Esposito received a text message from the coach of a prospective student-athlete alerting him that the athlete would be attending another school. While replying to the coach's message, the prospective student-athlete's father also sent a message to Esposito. Esposito then inadvertently replied to the father's text, rather than the coach's. Self-imposed punishment: Prohibited from having any contact with the prospective student-athlete for two weeks.
Feb. 4, 2013: Coach Rich Wieligman inadvertently replied to a text message from the father of a prospective student-athlete committed to play at OSU and who will graduate from high school in 2016. Self-imposed punishment: None
Sept. 14, 2012: Director of softball operations Kaylan Lowrie inadvertently replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete's mother while they were on their official visit. The message was to ask what the name of another prospective student-athlete's mother was. Self-imposed punishment: Prohibited from having any contact or sending any written correspondence to prospect for two weeks.
Sept. 30, 2012: Former player Yolanda Odenyo, now the coach at Edmond Memorial, provided television color commentary for OSU's game against Oklahoma. During the game, Cowgirl coach Colin Carmichael was interviewed. Self-imposed punishment: None
Nov. 14, 2013: Assistant coach Brian Guetz tweeted a congratulatory message to a signee before his National Letter of Intent was validated by the compliance office. The athlete had indeed sent his NLI, but a signed statement of financial aid was not included. Guetz did not realize that signed statement of financial aid was not included when he sent out the tweet and immediately deleted the message when that was discovered. Self-imposed punishment: None
Dec. 3, 2013: Assistant coach Par Nilsson inadvertently played an impermissible nine holes of golf with a player during the week before final exams. Though no instruction took place and the player initiated the activity, Nilsson observing the participation is a countable athletically related activity. Self-imposed punishment: Player limited to 16 hours for first week of spring practice and playing season.
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Sept. 10, 2013: Assistant coach Mason Cathey inadvertently made a telephone call to a junior prospective student-athlete who had inquired about the program via email. Once the coach realized the prospective student-athlete was a junior, the coach ended the call. Self-imposed punishment: Prohibited coaching staff from calling prospective student-athlete for two weeks once it became permissible.
Sept. 4, 2012: Coach Chris Young responded to a text message from the father of a prospective student-athlete. Young replied to tell the father he could reply to texts, per NCAA rules, and advised the father to send an email in the future. Young replied to inform the father of the rule and to ensure that he was not avoiding his messages. Self-imposed punishment: Prohibited coaching staff from contacting the prospective student-athlete for two weeks.
Nov. 1, 2013: Head coach Larry Sanchez inadvertently replied to a text message from a prospective student-athlete's mother, who had inquired about her daughter's admission paperwork. Self-imposed punishment: Prohibited coaching staff from having any contact or sending any written correspondence to prospect for two weeks.
Nov. 11, 2013: A prospective student-athlete, whom OSU was not recruiting, was on campus for a visit unrelated to athletics during a “dead period” and unexpectedly stopped by the equestrian office to request a meeting with assistant coach Stacy Sanderson. Sanderson briefly met with the athlete and her mother. Self-imposed punishment: None