OU releases list of self-reported NCAA violations

by Ryan Aber Published: February 18, 2014
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Feb. 26, 2013

Violation: Assistant coaches Mike Stoops and Cale Gundy sent two text messages to recruits before written or financial commitment. Stoops responded to an incoming text with “Thanks.” Gundy replied to a text message instead of replying by Facebook message. A Facebook message would've been permissible. Resolution: The coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls and written correspondence with the recruits for two weeks beginning Sept. 1. The staff was also provided detailed rules education.

March 9, 2013

Violation: A first-year, non-qualifying junior-college athlete attended a junior day event at the school, at the invitation of assistant coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Resolution: The department reduced the number of off-campus contacts with the recruit. The staff was given detailed rules education regarding unofficial visits and emphasized the importance of completing an unofficial visit request form before the invitation to campus. The NCAA also ruled the athlete ineligible at the school until restored by the NCAA.

June 2, 2013

Violation: Assistant coach Mike Stoops sent a text message to a recruit before his signing a National Letter of Intent, a written offer of admission or financial aid or receipt of a financial deposit. Stoops accidentally sent a return text while reviewing incoming text messages. Resolution: The football coaching staff was prohibited from initiating any contact with the recruit for two weeks beginning Dec. 15. The coaching staff was given rules education regarding text messages.

July 28, 2013

Violation: Assistant coach Cale Gundy and director of player personnel Reed Case exceeded permissible phone calls per week to a Tulsa player that decided to transfer to OU as a walk-on. Gundy and Case believed the calls were allowed because the transfer was already enrolled at the school for the fall. Resolution: The department provided additional rules education regarding telephone contact with recruits as well as transfers.

July 31, 2013

Violation: A student-athlete was awarded financial aid for a period of less than one academic year when the player wasn't on pace to graduate after the semester. The academic adviser did not notify the compliance department of the change in graduation status. Resolution: The player signed a revised financial aid agreement that included the spring semester and the academic services staff were given rules education.

Aug. 2, 2013

Violation: Assistant coach Jay Norvell made an impermissible phone call to a former Texas football player seeking to transfer to OU. Norvell called the player twice on Aug. 2. He believed he could initiate more than one phone call per week. The player eventually enrolled at Arizona. Resolution: The coaching staff was given rules education on the topic of transfers phone calls and recruiting.

Oct. 3, 2013

Violation: The football staff mailed an envelope to a recruit, who was already verbally committed, that included an image that was more than the school's name and logo. The envelope included a hand-drawn picture with the handwritten addressee information. Resolution: The coaching and administrative staffs were given rules education regarding permissible recruiting materials. Also, now all envelopes must be approved by the department before use.

GOLF

Jan. 22, 2013

Violation: An athlete practiced with the golf team from Jan. 8-22 without having completed the NCAA Drug Testing and NCAA Student-Athlete Statement. Resolution: The golf coaching staff was given rules education regarding the involved rules as well as school and NCAA policies and procedures for all incoming student-athletes.

ROWING

Jan. 8, 2013

Violation: Assistant women's coach John Gartin sent a text to a recruit. The text was meant for someone else. Resolution: The rowing coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls and correspondence with the recruit for two weeks beginning Feb. 1, 2013 and the staff was provided detailed rules education.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

April 13, 2013

Violation: Head coach Lon Kruger commented on an unsigned recruit during the television broadcast of the school's spring football game. The recruit signed April 19. Resolution: Kruger was given detailed rules education regarding publicity.

April 17, 2013

Violation: Athletic department administrator Michael Alford tweeted congratulation to head coach Lon Kruger and OU basketball after a recruit committed to the school. The recruit signed with OU that same day. Alford deleted his tweet within five minutes. Resolution: The department provided detailed rules education regarding publicity.

SOCCER

July 19, 2012

Violation: Assistant women's coach Kacey Burke sent four text messages to a recruit before written or financial commitment. Burke responded to a text sent by the recruit, related to a camp. The recruit signed with OU. Resolution: The women's soccer coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls and written correspondence with all recruits for two weeks beginning Aug. 1. The staff was provided detailed rules education regarding camp communication.

Oct. 14, 2012

Violation: Assistant women's coach Kacey Burke inadvertently sent a text message to a recruit's father after the father texted Burke congratulations following a game. The recruit later signed with the school. Resolution: The soccer coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls and correspondence with recruits for one weeks beginning May 24, 2013, and the staff was provided detailed rules education.

May 8, 2013

Violation: A recruit, staying in the Embassy Suites on an official visit, ordered Internet service for $9.95. Assistant women's coach Graeme Abel did not notice the additional expense on the bill. Resolution: The recruit was ruled ineligible for competition at the school until repayment for the bill is made to the charity of her choice. The coaching staff was provided detailed rules education regarding additional lodging expenses. The form given to recruits on official visits was modified to include mention of additional lodging expenses.

SOFTBALL

Aug. 16, 2012-Sept. 24, 2012

Violation: Director of softball operations Sharon Bell sent 13 text messages intended for current player to a recruit. Resolution: Softball staff was prohibited from initiating any correspondence with the recruit for four weeks beginning Sept. 30, 2013 and Bell was provided detailed rules education.

Nov. 5, 2012

Violation: A recruit was invited to an unofficial visit during an NCAA recruiting dead period for softball. Head coach Patty Gasso realized the mistake during the visit, ended the visit at that time and self-reported the violation. Resolution: The unofficial visit was counted as one of the school's permissible off-campus contacts and reduced the number of allowed off-campus contacts with the recruit by one. The NCAA also ruled the athlete ineligible for competition at the school until her eligibility is restored by the organization.

TRACK AND FIELD

April 18, 2013

Violation: Assistant track coach Brian Blutreich sent a text message to an assistant track coach to request an email address. After the email address was sent to him by another number, he replied with “thanks.” He was replying to the recruit. Resolution: The track staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with the recruit for two weeks beginning June 19. Blutreich was given detailed rules education.

VOLLEYBALL

July 18, 2013

Violation: Head coach Santiago Restrepo and assistant Erik Peterson inadvertently sent five text messages to a recruit when replying to a group text. The texts weren't directed at the recruit. Resolution: The coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls and correspondence to all recruits for two weeks beginning Oct. 2. The coaching staff was provided detailed rules education regarding use of electronic correspondence in recruiting.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

April 16, 2013

Violation: Assistant coach Pam DeCosta made a phone call to a recruit's parent before the permissible date, asking for the recruit's schedule. Resolution: The recruit was declared ineligible for competition at the school and the school requested her reinstatement. The coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls to the recruit for two weeks beginning Sept. 1. The coaching staff was provided detailed rules education.

WRESTLING

July 25, 2012

Violation: Assistant coach Michael Lightner sent an impermissible text message. He sent another three impermissible messages on or around Aug. 18. In addition, assistant trainer Christopher Watson sent four impermissible texts from Aug. 14-17 and assistant coach Jared Frayer sent one impermissible text Aug. 19. All texts, which were administrative in nature, were sent to a wrestler who all three believed had signed a housing agreement and paid a deposit, making contact permissible. Resolution: The wrestling staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with all recruits for two weeks beginning May 26, 2013. The three were given detailed rules education regarding recruiting and text messaging.

Oct. 27, 2012

Violation: Assistant wrestling coach Jared Frayer sent a text message to a recruit's mother before written or financial commitment. Frayer believed he was texting a former wrestler. Resolution: The wrestling staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence with any recruits for two weeks beginning July 20. The coaching staff was given detailed rules education regarding electronic correspondence.

July 4, 2013

Violation: Two wrestlers ate meals at a booster's home. The meals were valued at $10 each. Resolution: The athletes have donated the value of the meals, $40 and $10, to charities of their choice. All student-athletes and coaches, as well as the involved booster, were given additional extra-benefit education.

July 17, 2013

Violation: Assistant wrestling coach Michael Lightner made a phone call to a recruit on July 14. Head coach Mark Cody made two additional calls on July 17. Cody said he misunderstood the rule, which allows unlimited phone calls on the day of an off-campus contact. Resolution: The coaching staff was prohibited from initiating phone calls or correspondence to recruits for two weeks beginning Dec. 8. The coaching staff was given detailed rules education regarding off-campus contact exception for phone calls.

OTHER

December 2012

Violation: A student-athlete who was a midyear transfer and not eligible for competition was given two team awards. The awards included a watch valued at $99 for the teams' NCAA second-round participation and a ring valued at $179 for the Big 12 Championship. Resolution: The athlete returned the watch in new condition and donated the amount of the ring to charity.

May 10, 2013

Violation: Three current student-athletes received food in excess of NCAA regulation at a graduation banquet. The three had graduated from the school but returned for an additional season of competition. The players were provided pasta in excess of the permissible amount allowed. Resolution: The three were required to donate $3.83 each (the cost of the pasta serving) to a charity of their choice in order to be reinstated. The department provided rules education to applicable athletics department staff members.

Sept. 19, 2013

Violation: Director of Student-Athlete Academic Services James Troxel exchanged impermissible text messages with a football player from Iowa Western Community College who was on the OU campus. The athlete had previously been at Nevada, where Troxel had previously worked. Resolution: Academics and Student Life Department personnel were provided rules education regarding telephone contact with prospective recruits. The player was declared ineligible for competition at the school.


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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