Oklahoma State releases list of self-reported minor NCAA violations

Round of golf, color commentary among things that OSU reported.
by Gina Mizell Published: February 18, 2014

— 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:

FOOTBALL

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.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

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).

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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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