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San Francisco failed to monitor its golf program

Download the April 2018 Univ. of San Francisco Public Infractions Decision

San Francisco failed to monitor its golf program, allowing two former head coaches to engage in recruiting violations, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. Additionally, the two former head coaches failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

One former head coach planned and scheduled free rounds of golf for five prospects during their campus visits. The former coach mistakenly believed that the prospects could play for free if he did not evaluate and observe them. Since he thought it was allowable, he did not ask the compliance office if the activities were allowable and did not report the free rounds of golf.

The other former head coach arranged free rounds of golf, driving range privileges and lodging for prospects, allowed a booster to have impermissible contacts with prospects and involved enrolled student-athletes in impermissible recruiting activities. Like the first former head coach, this former head coach stated his violations were unintentional. He also did not seek approval from the compliance office to purchase meals for the director and trainer of a youth team that included prospects because he was friends with the individuals. Lastly, he knew the rules regarding email contact with prospects, but he did not confirm the age or year in school of 15 prospects before sending them emails.

Both former head coaches notified the compliance office when prospects were coming for visits. They provided agendas for the visits, including references to local golf course visits. The compliance office did not follow up with the coaches to ensure that free rounds of golf were not provided. It also did not always collect and retain complete records of prospect visits.

The panel used the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to prescribe the following measures:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • One year of probation from April 6, 2018, through April 5, 2019.
  • A vacation of records in which men’s golf student-athletes competed while ineligible. The university will provide a written report containing the matches impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 45 days of the public decision release.
  • The men’s golf program will not be allowed to engage in any recruiting activity during the month of December 2018.
  • A three-month prohibition of recruiting activities with international prospects (self-imposed by the university).
  • A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).

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 Norman Bay, director of enforcement at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Carol Cartwright, president emeritus at Kent State and Bowling Green; Jody Conradt, retired head women’s basketball coach at Texas and special assistant to the women’s athletics director at Texas; Jason Leonard, executive director of athletics compliance at Oklahoma; Stephen A. Madva, attorney in private practice; Joel Maturi, chief hearing officer for this panel and former Minnesota athletics director; and Joyce McConnell, provost and vice president of academic affairs at West Virginia.