OU releases list of self-reported NCAA violations

by Ryan Aber Published: February 18, 2014
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— In the past year and a half, Oklahoma self-reported secondary NCAA violations, which were recently obtained by The Oklahoman through an open records request. The latest violation received occurred in October.

The violations range from the routine, coaches sending texts or making calls outside of the designated allowed contact times, to the absurd. Three athletes had to donate $3.83 each to a charity of their choice in order to be reinstated after they were served more than the allowable portion at a graduation banquet.

The violations included a recruit on an official visit charging wireless Internet access at the hotel to the school through her hotel bill, a hand-drawn picture on an envelope sent to a player who was verbally committed and a voluntary practice on a travel day.

In each case, the school presented its proposed corrective actions and punishment to deal with the violations. In most cases, the NCAA accepted those actions, though in a few cases the NCAA added additional corrective action.

Most involved limiting recruiting contact with the involved recruit or all recruits for a period of one to four weeks and the coaching staff of the sport involved given additional rules education.

Here's a breakdown of the violations:

BASEBALL

July 15-Aug. 19, 2012

Violation: Assistant baseball coaches Aric Thomas and Jack Giese and coordinator of baseball operations Ryan Gaines sent numerous text messages to a recruit. The coaches mistakenly believed the recruit had submitted a financial deposit. Resolution: The baseball staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with all recruits for two weeks beginning May 19, 2013. The three were given detailed rules education regarding recruiting and text messaging.

Sept. 5-13, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Aric Thomas made an impermissible phone call on Sept. 5. Assistant coach Jack Giese made one impermissible call on Sept. 13. Combined the two exceeded the one call per week to recruits outside of a contact period. Resolution: The baseball coaching staff were prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with recruits for two weeks beginning May 19. The assistants were provided with detailed rules education regarding recruiting and phone calls.

Sept. 10, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Jack Giese made a phone call to a recruit after another staff member had already used the allowed phone call per week outside of the contact period. Giese also called the recruit three additional times after he was unable to reach the recruit on his earlier contacts. Resolution: The school declared the recruit ineligible for competition at the school and asked the NCAA for reinstatement and prohibited the baseball coaching staff from initiating phone calls to any recruit for two weeks beginning May 19. The coaching staff was also given detailed rules education.

Oct. 23, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Jack Giese sent one impermissible text message to a recruit that he intended to be sent to the recruit's junior college coach. Resolution: The baseball coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls and written correspondence for two weeks beginning Feb. 27, 2013, and the baseball staff was provided detailed rules education.

March 4, 2013

Violation: Assistant baseball coach Aric Thomas provided a meal to three coaches of recruits during a recruiting trip to San Diego. The value of the meal was $40 per person. Thomas said he misunderstood the rule. Resolution: All prospective recruits associated with the coaches were declared ineligible for competition at the school. If the school recruits one of the involved players, the coaches will have to repay the value of the meal to a charity by the coaches before the player(s) being reinstated. Thomas was not reimbursed for expenses incurred during the trip. Thomas and the coaching staff were provided detailed rules education.

May 16, 2013

Violation: Former head coach Sunny Golloway scheduled an impromptu voluntary practice for pitchers and catches on May 16, a day the team was traveling to an away game. Golloway did not realize that no countable athletically related captivities could occur on a designated off day, regardless of whether or not they were voluntary. The violation was discovered about 10 minutes into the practice, which immediately ended. Resolution: The baseball staff was given rules education regarding countable athletically related activities. In addition, the NCAA mandated pitchers and catchers on the team be given an additional day off.

FOOTBALL

Feb. 1, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Bruce Kittle sent congratulatory text to a student-athlete who had signed with OU.

Feb. 1, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Cale Gundy sent two congratulatory text messages to a student-athlete who had signed with OU.

May 14, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Jackie Shipp sent a text message to a recruit who was a junior at the time.

Sept. 12, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Bruce Kittle sent contact information for one recruit to another recruit, who was a junior at the time, when he meant to send it to assistant coach Josh Heupel.

Resolution: For the four violations above, the football staff was precluded from having any written or telephone contact with recruits for two weeks and Kittle, Gundy and Shipp were provided detailed rules education. Contact for the three assistants involved was self-imposed. The NCAA expanded the noncontact period to the whole staff.

July 19, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Bruce Kittle pocket-dialed a recruit a day after receiving a permissible text message from the recruit. Resolution: Football staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with the recruit involved for four weeks and the recruit was declared ineligible for competition at the school barring NCAA reinstatement (self-imposed).

Summer 2012

Violation: Online payments for summer football camps for two high school players were returned for insufficient funds. Attempts by the athletic department, football front office personnel and camp accountant to contact the responsible parties were unsuccessful. Resolution: The student-athletes were declared ineligible until restitution has been made. Coaches and camp directors were provided detailed rules education (self-imposed).

Aug. 13, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Mike Stoops returned a phone call after receiving a call from the recruit that same day. Resolution: Stoops was prohibited from initiating phone calls to recruits for two weeks beginning June 15. Stoops was provided detailed rules education regarding impermissible phone calls.

Aug. 20-Sept. 6, 2012

Violation: A former athlete performed coaching activities while not enrolled as a graduate student. The former athlete graduated from the school, but his GPA was not high enough to enroll in the University Graduate College, so he instead enrolled in undergraduate hours to boost his GPA. Resolution: The school removed the person involved from his coaching position and reassigned him to a non-coaching role. The school added a weekly report to determine the full-time status of all graduate assistants with coaching duties. The person's financial stipend as a GA was not reallocated to another individual.

Sept. 26-Dec. 24, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Tim Kish sent replied to a text message from a recruit on Sept. 26. On Dec. 12, assistant coach Mike Stoops sent a text message to a recruit during the week of the recruit's official visit. On Dec. 14, Kish sent three text messages to a recruit and one to another during official visits. On Dec. 24, Kish sent one holiday greeting text to friends and family and inadvertently included a recruit. Resolution: Kish and Stoops were prohibited from initiating phone calls and correspondence with any recruit for two weeks beginning Jun 16, 2013, and the football coaching staff was provided with detailed rules education. The NCAA extended the two-week ban from initiating contact to recruits to include the entire football staff.

Nov. 5, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Bruce Kittle made a five-minute call to a recruit who was a junior. He claimed it was a pocket dial, but the length of the call led to it being self-reported. Resolution: The recruit was declared ineligible for competition at the school until the NCAA reinstates it and the football staff was provided rules education, though Kittle was no longer employed by the school when the violation was resolved.

Jan. 9, 2013

Violation: Former assistant Jackie Shipp sent a total of three text messages to one or more recruits before written or financial commitment. Resolution: The coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with recruits for two weeks beginning June 30. The coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or written correspondence with the recruit for two weeks beginning Sept. 1.

Jan. 20-22, 2013

Violation: Assistant coach Tim Kish visited a recruit and his parents at their home on Jan. 20. Assistant Bobby Jack Wright visited the recruit's high school head coach Jan. 22. When the coach informed Wright of Kish's visit, Wright left immediately without having contact with the recruit. Resolution: The department reduced the 2013-14 football contact period by two days and conducted rules education with Wright and the football coaching staff. The NCAA ruled the recruit ineligible for competition at the school until eligibility is restored by the organization.

Jan. 21, 2013

Violation: Assistant coach Tim Kish sent three text messages to a recruit's father before written or financial commitment. Kish said he was asking directions to the home for permissible contact. The recruit signed with OU. Resolution: The football coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with any recruit for two weeks beginning Aug. 12. The coaching staff was provided detailed rules education regarding the use of electronic correspondence.

Feb. 14, 2013

Violation: Assistant coaches Tim Kish and Jackie Shipp contacted the same recruit on back-to-back days. Shipp called the recruit on Feb. 13, then Kish followed with a phone call the next day, exceeding the limits on phone calls. The call was made after Shipp had accepted new employment. Resolution: Kish was prohibited from initiating phone calls to recruits for two weeks beginning June 16. The coaching staff was provided detailed rules education regarding recruiting and phone calls. In addition, the NCAA determined the entire coaching staff would be prohibited contact with recruits by telephone for one week.


by Ryan Aber
Reporter
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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