For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Associate Director of Public and Media Relations
INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has found that University of Nevada, Reno, committed major violations in its men’s and women’s golf programs. The case involved multiple extra benefit violations, as well as unethical conduct and a failure to promote rules compliance by the former head men’s golf coach.
Penalties in this case include three years of probation, athletic scholarship reductions, a financial penalty and a two-year show-cause order for the former men’s golf coach.
The show-cause penalty outlines the limitations of the former golf coach’s duties at his present or any future employing institutions, which is explained in the public report.
This case was resolved through combining the summary disposition process and an in-person hearing. The summary disposition process is a cooperative effort where the involved parties submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. When the NCAA enforcement staff, the university and involved individuals agree to the facts of the case and the university proposes penalties, they may use this process. As was the case for University of Nevada, Reno, the university may request a hearing to discuss any issues that arise during the summary disposition process that are not agreed upon by all parties. The public report further details this issue, which did not result in any further findings.
This case centered on multiple extra benefit violations, primarily involving the head men’s golf coach, which occurred from the fall of 2004 through fall 2007. These extra benefits included airline tickets, $325 in cash, as well as impermissible lodging, transportation and meals, among others. In addition, the committee found the former men’s head coach acted unethically when he knowingly furnished the enforcement staff and university with false and misleading information, failed to protect the integrity of the investigation as requested by the enforcement staff, and refused to furnish information relevant to the investigation. The committee determined that the former women’s golf coach provided a student-athlete with free lodging at her home from Aug. 26, 2007, to Sept. 14, 2007.
The committee also found that the scope and nature of the violations in the case demonstrated that the former head coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the men’s golf program. The coach failed to consult the university’s director of compliance on several occasions and only conceded to his role in the rules violations when he was presented with objective proof, according to the committee.
The penalties in this case include:
The members of the Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case include Paul Dee, lecturer in law and education at the University of Miami and formerly the institution's athletics director and general counsel. He is the chair of the Committee on Infractions. Other members are Dennis Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and formerly director of athletics at Hampton University; James O’Fallon, a law professor and faculty athletic representative for University of Oregon; Britton Banowsky, commissioner of Conference USA; and Brian Halloran, attorney and the manager/general counsel of Painted Hills Wind Developers.