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Reporting of secondary violations can be positive

By Scott Wright Published: June 18, 2007
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The compliance department is expanding, allowing more hours of self-examination and preventative measures.

"In the end, we're pleased that our compliance staff is doing this kind of work and heading off problems before they truly become problems,” said OU spokesman Kenny Mossman.

"Out of context, they look like things that can surprise and upset people. We sure don't embrace secondary violations. But we understand them for what they are.”

The University of Washington self-reported 44 secondary violations for 23 sports in February. And, get this, as a school with a recent past marked by probation, felt good about it.

"It might sound strange, but I think it's a positive thing,” John Morris, Washington's senior associate athletic director for compliance, told the Seattle Times at the time. "I will say that that number is comparable to other Pac-10 and BCS institutions.

"When you don't report any secondary violations is when the NCAA starts to get concerned because it means you are not looking. It's basically impossible not to have secondary violations with the rules as complicated as they are.”

In other words, no news can be bad news.

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