|»||Public Infractions Report - University of California, Berkeley|
|»||Press Teleconference Recording|
3 p.m. Eastern Time Friday, February 25, 2011
Associate Director of Public and Media Relations
INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has penalized the University of California, Berkeley for violations in its men's basketball program.
This case was narrow in scope and centered on 365 impermissible recruiting phone calls, which were detected and reported by the university. Penalties include two years probation and recruiting restrictions for phone calls, official visits and off-campus contacts.
The violations in this case began shortly after the new men’s basketball staff was hired. The committee noted that the university’s compliance office acted quickly in educating the newly-hired head men’s basketball coach on NCAA rules and had processes in place to monitor recruiting telephone calls. It was during this monitoring activity that the violations were detected.
Specifically, one assistant coach made more than 200 impermissible calls to prospects, while another assistant coach made more than 100 such calls. A third assistant coach and the head coach also made impermissible phone calls, but they were minimal in number.
In determining the penalties, the committee considered the university's self-imposed penalties, corrective actions, and cooperation. The penalties, some of which were self-imposed by the university and adopted by the committee, include:
The members of the Division I Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case include Dennis Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and chair of the Committee on Infractions. Other members are Roscoe C. Howard, Jr., attorney; John Black, attorney; Greg Sankey, associate commissioner of compliance for the Southeastern Conference; Josephine (Jo) R. Potuto, the Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law; and Eleanor Myers, faculty athletics representative and law professor at Temple University.