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Former Southeast Missouri State assistant coach committed recruiting violations

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A former Southeast Missouri State University assistant women’s basketball coach committed recruiting violations, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, the university and involved individuals must agree to the facts and overall level of the case in order to utilize this process instead of a formal hearing.

The agreed-upon violations in this case centered on impermissible recruiting contacts and inducements involving two recruits, who were twin sisters, and their family. When recruiting the two sisters, the former assistant coach had multiple impermissible off-campus, in-person contacts with the prospects and their family. He had meetings with the recruits and their family during an evaluation and quiet periods, and at locations other than the recruits’ home or school, contrary to NCAA rules. Lastly, the former assistant coach had extensive off-campus contact with one of the recruits at a nonscholastic event during a dead period when contact with recruits is prohibited.

The former assistant coach also provided the recruits and their family with nearly $200 in school apparel and accessories at no cost. Further, the former assistant coach provided one of the recruits impermissible transportation and a meal. 

A full list of penalties and corrective measures include:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • One year of probation for the university from Feb. 12, 2016, through Feb. 11, 2017.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach from Feb. 12, 2016, through Feb. 11, 2018. If he seeks employment at an NCAA member school, he must be restricted from all recruiting activity. 
  • A reduction in the number of days the women’s basketball coaches were allowed to recruit from 112 days to 74 in 2014-15. (Self-imposed by the university.)
  • A reduction in the number of days the women’s basketball coaches can recruit from 112 days to 91 in 2015-16.
  • A limit of eight official visits during 2015-16.
  • A $5,000 fine.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Greg Christopher, athletics director at Xavier University; Joel Maturi, former University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, athletics director; Eleanor W. Myers, law professor at Temple University; Joe Novak, former head football coach at Northern Illinois University; Jill Pilgrim, attorney in private practice; David Roberts, vice president for athletics compliance at the University of Southern California; and Greg Sankey, chief hearing officer, chair of the Committee on Infractions and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.