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NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee upholds show cause order for former Coastal Carolina golf coach

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A former head men’s golf coach at Coastal Carolina University must serve a one-year show cause order, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. In September 2015, a Division I Committee on Infractions panel found that the former coach violated the NCAA’s ethical conduct rules when he gave private lessons to a recruit and paid for more private lessons with another instructor. 

In his appeal, the former coach argued that the show cause order was excessive because the recruiting violations in the case did not result in the involved student-athlete’s ineligibility. He also stated that his resignation and following absence from coaching during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons mitigate the show cause order.

After its review, the Infractions Appeals Committee found that the Committee on Infractions panel did not abuse its discretion by prescribing a one-year show cause order for the former coach. The Infractions Appeals Committee noted the Committee on Infractions panel reduced the original two-year show cause order after the former coach offered additional context about the limited recruiting advantage gained. The appeals committee also noted the former coach knowingly committed violations of fundamental recruiting and ethical conduct rules. Lastly, it found the show cause order was consistent with case precedent.  

The members of the Infractions Appeals Committee who heard this case were David Williams, committee chair and vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics and athletics director at Vanderbilt University; Ellen Ferris, associate commissioner for governance and compliance at the American Athletic Conference; W. Anthony Jenkins, attorney in private practice; and Patti Ohlendorf, vice president for legal affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.