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Southern Indiana booster engaged in impermissible recruiting

Download the April 2018 Southern Indiana Public Infractions Decision

A University of Southern Indiana booster engaged in impermissible recruiting with a prospect, according to a decision issued by the Division II Committee on Infractions.

The booster was a men’s basketball season ticket holder and a significant financial donor to Southern Indiana’s athletics programs. During a one-month period in 2017, the booster initiated calls and texts with the prospect. He also purchased a laptop for the prospect.

The committee noted that although rare in Division II, the booster’s conduct is serious. In its decision, the committee advised the Division II membership “to be proactive in both providing targeted compliance education to boosters and taking measures to prevent boosters from becoming involved in violations.”

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submit the case to the committee in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, university and involved individuals must agree to the facts of the case for this process to be used instead of having a formal hearing.

Penalties and corrective measures prescribed by the committee include the following:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • A five-year disassociation of the booster (self-imposed by the university). Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report.

Members of the Committees on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the Division II Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case are Jim Johnson, athletics director at Pittsburg State; John D. Lackey, attorney in private practice; Richard Loosbrock, faculty athletics representative and history professor at Adams State; Carey J. Snyder, associate athletics director at East Stroudsburg; Harry O. Stinson III, Committee on Infractions chair and athletics director at Lincoln (Pennsylvania); Jane Teixeira, senior associate commissioner and senior woman administrator at the Pacific West Conference; and Christie L. Ward, associate athletics director for compliance and senior woman administrator at Georgia Southwestern.