The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has placed College of the Holy Cross on two years of probation for impermissible recruiting telephone calls to men’s soccer prospects. The committee also found the university failed to monitor the former head men’s soccer coach and that the coach did not promote an atmosphere of rules compliance.
The case involved more than 300 impermissible phone calls to several prospective student-athletes, many before the contact period and others that exceeded weekly limits. In addition to probation, penalties include multiple recruiting restrictions, scholarship reductions and a two-year show-cause penalty for the former head coach.
The case was resolved through the summary-disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in writing. When the NCAA enforcement staff, the university and involved individuals agree to the facts of the case and penalties proposed by the university, they may use that process instead of a formal hearing.
This was the fourth summary-disposition case involving impermissible text messages, e-mail or telephone calls that the committee has reviewed within the last year.
While the case also included secondary violations, the impermissible calls were considered major violations, which are defined as “purposeful, represent a significant competitive advantage and indicate a pattern of behavior.” The committee noted that 13 prospects who received impermissible calls ultimately attended Holy Cross and participated on the men’s soccer team.
In addition to recruiting violations, the committee found that the institution failed to have adequate systems in place to monitor recruiting telephone calls made by the former head men’s soccer coach.
The penalties in this case are:
The members of the Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case include Paul Dee, lecturer of law and education at the University of Miami (Florida) and formerly the institution’s athletics director and general counsel. He is the chair of the Committee on Infractions. Other members are Melissa Conboy, deputy director of athletics at University of Notre Dame; Britton Banowsky, commissioner of Conference USA; Dennis Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and formerly director of athletics at Hampton University; and James O’Fallon, faculty athletics representative at University of Oregon.
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