IU self-reported 17 minor violations to NCAA during 16-17 school year

Indiana University self-reported 17 secondary violations to the NCAA involving 10 sports between August 1, 2016 and July 14, 2017, according to documents obtained by The Herald-Times through an open records request.

The men’s swimming and diving team was involved in five violations, four of which also included the women’s swimming and diving team. Indiana’s football team was also involved in four violations.

None of the violations were considered major infractions, illustrating the complex web of rules that coaches and athletic department administrators across the country must navigate to stay in the NCAA’s good graces. According to its bylaws, the NCAA considers secondary/Level III breach of conduct violations as “isolated or limited in nature,” and are almost always viewed as minor or unintentional missteps.

One of the violations involving the football program dates to the weekend of Dec. 11-13, 2015, when meal, transportation and lodging costs were provided for an official visitor’s guest who was not considered his legal guardian.

The guest accompanied the prospective student-athlete on the visit at the direction of the teen’s parents, who were unable to attend. The football program made the arrangements for the guest believing them to be the recruit’s legal guardian, however no legal paperwork was obtained prior to the visit.

As a result, IU requested to be reimbursed $336.65, which covered the cost of two nights at a hotel, one meal and round trip transportation to and from the airport. Indiana also established a “proactive process” to notify the compliance office if a non-parent is traveling on an official visit.

IU football also self-reported a violation involving the advertisement and promotion of a current student-athlete. The case is heavily redacted in the file, though the NCAA in January accepted IU’s institutional action, which included rules education for the football player.

Last December, the football program self-reported a letter of intent restriction after a prospective player signed and returned a financial aid agreement to the school on Dec. 19 with the intention of enrolling for the spring semester. The following day, IU was informed that the player would not be enrolling.

IU’s football staff was provided rules education regarding a requirement that any prospective athlete who intends to graduate from high school mid-year must also enroll at the university mid-year in order to sign a financial aid agreement.

A fourth football violation involved an impermissible administrative internship for a prospective volleyball student-athlete.

Of the self-reported violations by the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, one case involved lodging for two former student-athletes at the 2016 Diving Olympic Trials in Indianapolis. Another case reported three former student-athletes participating in organized practice sessions prior to receiving approval from the conference.

In another case, head swim coach Ray Looze announced the hiring of an assistant coach via social media while the assistant was still employed by a club whose members are prospect-aged.

The women’s basketball program was docked two recruiting days for a violation involving a music video. The coaching staff created a video that parodied a Beyonce song, doctoring the words to make it seem as if they were singing to a prospective student-athlete.

Although the video was not shared on the school’s social media accounts, it was posted by a friend of head coach Teri Moren. The friend tagged an assistant coach in the post, which was discovered by IU’s compliance department because of the tag and the use of women’s basketball recruiting hashtags.

The video was immediately removed from all platforms and rules education was provided to the coaching staff.

Men’s soccer and wrestling reported two violations, while women’s water polo, men’s cross country and track and field and men’s golf each reported one violation.

6 comments

  1. I wonder if the likes of North Carolina and Louisville and I am sure there are others had any minor violations ?

  2. t, you’r reading my mind.
    Louisville will skate, as have North Carolina and others.
    IU will probably be punished. No good reporting goes unpunished by the NCAA.

    The NCAA has outlived its usefulness.

  3. …yes, I was amazed for sure upon reading the NCAA would do nothing to penalize UNC because the pseudo classes were made available to all UNC students not just athletes…in the black and white world I believe in that absolutely and totally implicates the whole damned institution in Chapel Hill… not just the Athletic Dept…proving the NCAA is just a pass thru bank account…

  4. There was far more than pseudo classes…There was a ton of evidence implicating the allowance of athletes with 4th grade reading levels to get through the ghost classes(papers written for them, etc). It’s a disgrace.
    It’s an insult in prejudice via excusing the horrible schools and the institutionalizing of inadequate educational systems for so many who will never have a shot at college athletics. I would expect nothing less from the ‘Old South’ …and an NCAA functioning as a dictatorial Plantation of sorts.

  5. I’m sure the NCAA is absolutely correct. Have you noticed UNC and NCAA share a couple of letters? Case closed.

    I don’t care that non-athletes were in the classes.
    Next question: When does UNC have academic accreditation removed by allowing ghost classes for more than just athletes?
    Anyone in those fake classes should have their diplomas/official transcript records revoked until they have taken legit courses.
    And we made big ass deals about 19 F’s! because there was poor performance or ducking of actual classrooms? Huh? Flunking an actual class compared to getting a solid passing grade for one that doesn’t even exist(athlete or no athlete in attendance)? Flunking has a much wider scale of reasons than simply being a liar and a cheat.
    All should be punished for such lies at UNC ….Transcripts revoked of non-athletes. And the university’s academic accreditation should be put under the strongest scrutiny.

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