Friday, June 7, 2013

NCAA b****-slaps the Dawgs

NCAA announced sanctions against the Mississippi State University football program today:

A Mississippi State University booster made recruiting contact with a top football prospect and provided impermissible benefits, according to a decision announced today by the Division I Committee on Infractions. Additionally, a former assistant football coach was cited for unethical conduct for failing to report the booster’s activities when he became aware of them and providing false information during his first two interviews with the NCAA.

Penalties in the case include two years of probation, reductions in football scholarships, official paid visits, the number of in-person recruiting days and a one-year show-cause order for a former assistant coach. If the former assistant coach seeks employment at an NCAA member school during that one-year period, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures.

The booster befriended a top Mississippi State recruit and began arranging for him to use cars, gave him cash and provided other benefits. During the recruitment, the booster exchanged more than 100 phone calls with the recruit, assisted the recruit in securing a car to drive to a campus visit and provided cash to the recruit on multiple occasions. Additionally, the booster and his friend provided a car to the recruit for approximately $2,000 below the actual value of the car. Prior to taking an official visit to a different university, the booster told the recruit that if he did not take the visit, the recruit would be paid $6,000.

The former assistant coach, who developed a friendship with the booster, became aware of the improper recruiting activity but did not report it to university officials. The former assistant coach had frequent contact with the booster and he began to suspect that the booster was in contact with the recruit. Eventually the booster revealed he had conversations with the recruit and, in subsequent conversations, assured the former assistant coach that the recruit would commit to Mississippi State. The recruit’s non-scholastic coach told the former assistant coach the recruit received a jacket and a gift card from the booster and expressed concerns over the recruit’s car. Despite confirmation from the booster and the non-scholastic coach’s concern, the former assistant coach did not report the information to the coaching staff or administration.

In two initial interviews with the university and the NCAA, the former assistant coach denied any knowledge of the booster’s activity. After he resigned his position, the former assistant coach admitted he was aware. As a result, the committee cited the former assistant coach for unethical conduct. Since the former assistant coach is no longer employed by a NCAA member school, he was not required to appear at the infractions hearing but did attend to take responsibility for his actions. The committee notes his attendance helped give members a full assessment of the violations and the circumstances surrounding them.

Penalties in this case include:

*Public reprimand and censure.
*Two years of probation from June 7, 2013 through June 6, 2015.
*A one-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach, which prevents him from recruiting activities and booster interaction. The public report contains further details.
*A reduction of the number of official visits to 39, from the four-year average of 41, for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years (Self-imposed by the university).
*A reduction of the number of recruiting days during the spring evaluation period by four, from 168 to 164, for the 2012-13 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
*A reduction in the number of total scholarships by two, from 85 to 83, for the 2012-13 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
*A reduction in the number of initial and total scholarships by two, from 25 to 23 and 85 to 83, respectively, for the 2013-14 academic year (Self-imposed by the university).
*For the first two conference contests of the 2013 season, complimentary admissions to football recruits will be prohibited (Self-imposed by the university).
*Disassociation of the booster by the university’s athletics program. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report (Self-imposed by the university).

The members of the Division I Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case include Britton Banowsky, chair of the Committee on Infractions and commissioner of Conference USA; Greg Christopher, athletics director at Xavier University; Melissa Conboy, vice chair of the Committee on Infractions and deputy director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame; Christopher L. Griffin, coordinator of appeals and attorney; Brian Halloran, attorney; Roscoe Howard Jr., attorney; James O'Fallon, law professor and faculty athletics representative at the University of Oregon.

31 comments:

Houndstooth Wedding Dress said...

Alabama buys a team and the good ol boys look the other way. A Mississippi team gives a kid a poster or a hot dog and they get 8 years probation.

Alabama is the scummiest of the scum, from the head coach/crook to the cheating boosters to the toothless sidewalk alumni.

"Hey Tammy Lynn! Git me my stick wif tha terlet paper an the box of detergent on it! It's GAME TIME! Rowwwwwll Tyyyyyde!"

Anonymous said...

I hate guys like that booster. He's not trying to help the football team, he's trying to make himself feel big and important. Go get a penile implant instead and leave the school alone.

Anonymous said...

Since when is a Barner over here on the JJ site falsely commenting on the classiest, most successful program in the history of college football? It's sad how jealous of success the cow colleges get.

Anonymous said...

This is just the cost of doing business. The annual $20M check from SEC/ESPN outweighs all this by orders of magnitude. A little cheating is the price of admission to compete in the SEC and get that check.

Anonymous said...

Was LSU not on probation just last year?
I would say the bulldogs bitch slapped themselves as the penalties were already self imposed aside from the punishment of the player.

Anonymous said...

The NCAA has field offices set up at State and Ole Miss, I swear.

Anonymous said...

Let me just point ou that this situation was self-reported and the penalties were self-imposed by MSU. To bring Alabama or any other program into the argument is just plain asinine. Players go to Bama to play for championships and starters have an outstanding chance to be drafted or sign as free agents. That's enough for most, but Saban and staff also outwork most other schools where recruiting is concerned.

Anonymous said...

Let me just point ou that this situation was self-reported and the penalties were self-imposed by MSU. To bring Alabama or any other program into the argument is just plain asinine. Players go to Bama to play for championships and starters have an outstanding chance to be drafted or sign as free agents. That's enough for most, but Saban and staff also outwork most other schools where recruiting is concerned.

bill said...

I don't like Saban much, but I didn't like him when he was at LSU or in the pros so it doesn't have anything to do with Alabama. However, I grudgingly admit that he's the best coach in college football and Alabama is set to continue their domination for as long as they want to, but anyone who thinks that the Crimson Tide has always been as pure as the driven snow doesn't remember Logan Young. All top tier programs have overzealous boosters. It's to MSU's credit that they solved this in house.

Anonymous said...

Personally being the #1 Ole Miss fan, I think it's funny. But then I have been laughing since we won the Egg Bowl. I seem to recall a certain college coach saying that as long as he was head coach, Ole Miss would never win the Egg Bowl. So here's to you MSU. LMBFAO

Anonymous said...

How is your Super Regional going, 4:48? OMAHA.

LMBFAO. 41....FORTY EFFING ONE and STILL OMAHA.

Eat those Wheaties, and thanks for giving him another year. Take Wahl out of the mix and you are terrible. Did I mention OMAHA?

Anonymous said...

This thread proves one thing. Kingfish don't know a bitch-slap from a phonograph needle. How can these sanctions be called bitch-slapping since every one of them affecting the school, with the meaningless probation, were actually imposed by the school itself? Revise the title to 'hand slap' and you got a winner.

Meanwhile, the boys of baseball from MSU got off a chartered jet today in Virginia for a little roundball in the Super Regional.

TSUN's team is said to be at home.

DAWG said...

4:48; You certainly had a good laugh coming after that case of chapped-ass you had for three years running. Glad you're feeling better. Get ready for the next round, though.

Anonymous said...

Reading / listening to people argue whether Ole Miss or MSU is better is as tiresome as hearing commercials arguing whether Miller Light or Bud light is the tastier pisswater beer. Revel in your mediocrity, y'all. Neither of your schools will EVER win the SEC again in football. But your school administrators will keep up the folly to rake in TV and bowl shares from the other schools.

Anonymous said...

8:04. Spoken like a true "walk on alumni". Another Alabama redneck welder in real life walk on.

Rammer Jammer is number one in the nation in WalMart redneck walk on grads.

Anonymous said...

Sounds to me like MSU rolled up a newspaper and swatted itself on the butt and the NCAA said, "good doggie!"

Anonymous said...

9:18 p. m.: Another Barner subjects us to his blathering jealousy of the Alabama Crimson Tide, the greatest program in college football. We all know Auburn, which boasts of such "legendary" Head Coaches as Gene Chizek.

Anonymous said...

Is that "double secret" probation, or the regular kind? I couldn't tell from the post.

Dan-O Proud said...

Smack is cheap. Point is, Dogs bellied up, self reported, fired the complicit coach, kicked the booster to the curb, said the requisite number of hail Mary's, had a cookout for the boys and are movin' on. Proud they didn't adopt the 'catch us if you can' attitude so prevelant in the SEC.

To 8:04; if not for under average chumps like us Dogs, however would you be able to maintain your position of prominent, yet arrogant, mediocrity? Asshat!

KaptKangaroo said...

This is a great example of we suck less. Please continue.

Anonymous said...

If you are in the big boy league and break rules you should be treated like a big boy. This was punishment? This was nothing. If you are a feeder in the SEC trough you should be required to pay big penalty for any infraction.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 12:32: What do you suggest? The Death Penalty was the next step. Penn State ran a fornication mill for decades and didn't even get THAT. Probation, fewer scholarships, limited visits, firing the perps, disassociation from the booster involved, public sanction - That's all there is besides banning the program. You obviously know NOTHING about rules and penalties of the Association.

Anonymous said...

Kangaroo seems coherent this morning.

Anonymous said...

The booster offered the $6,000 as an inducement for the recruit to skip his official visit to Ole Miss.

Anonymous said...

That's not news 3:57. It all unfolded quickly during the internal investigation. Have you other news? The 'booster' was immediately jettisoned. Can't even buy tickets under his own name. Personna Non Grata. No cheese for him at Christmas. He DID, however, get a complimentary box of cow chips as a going-away gift.

Anonymous said...

5:24, it may have been disclosed way back when this first unfolded, but why did the CL not report it? The offer involved another in-state university. Seems relevant and due repeating for those who like the bigger picture.

Club Level Seats said...

Are you asking someone here to apologize for the Clarion Ledger's reporting. You also have it wrong about the 'other in=state university'. Auburn is not in Mississippi. You also gotta understand nobody controls renegade donors who perceive themselves as relevant. They hang around every locker room hoping to get in the door. The only misstep in this scenario was a junior level coach failing to blow the whistle when he should have.

Anonymous said...

8:54 Try reading 3:57 again. Then tell me you can't tell the difference between Ole Miss and Auburn, and which state each is in.

Anonymous said...

How can the NCAA admit that AU paid Newton's father $200,000 and levy ZERO penalty. Then reduce schollys for a couple hundred dollar handshake at MSU? It is a joke, and they made the rule up about the player not knowing bullshit.

Club Level Seats said...

8:54 here: The school that was rumored to have been the one the booster wanted to pay the boy to not visit was Georgia, not Auburn. But, certainly not Ole Miss. It's that Ole Most elitist attitude that causes those off the board reactions.

You will not read anywhere that the school was Ole Most, except on the internet and from some of the idiot hacks who don't know what they're talking about. If you find a credible source claiming it was Ole Most, please put it here on the board. You won't. It was Georgia; however, the kid made the visit anyway and therefore there's no credible proof of the claim to begin with.

8:36 is also living a pipe dream (literally). There is no report anywhere that the NCAA verified such payment from Auburn to Newton's father. All was rumor.

I'm surprised some of you guys can actually get through the ticket gate unassisted.

Anonymous said...

12:13 hOW ABOUT YOU GO FIRST, AND POST THAT PROOF THAT gEORGIA IS THE SCHOOL INVOLVED.

Caps lock fixed. get over it.

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