NCAA OK with self-imposed penalties
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowa State will not face additional penalties from the NCAA following an investigation into impermissible calls and text messages to recruits.
Iowa State said the NCAA's Committee on Infractions released its final report on the matter Friday. The committee reported that its findings were consistent with what the Cyclones reported nearly two years ago and the case is now closed.
Iowa State made its internal investigation into NCAA recruiting violations public in April. The school said it found "a significant number" of unallowable calls and text messages made by coaches in football, men's basketball and several other sports.
The school's self-imposed penalties included the forfeiture of a week of recruiting calls and a wide range of punitive actions against the coaches named in the report. The school will spend $82,000 over the next three years in compliance and recruiting software to simplify the recording and monitoring of calls and texts.
Iowa State also proposed a two-year probation, which was adopted by the NCAA and began on Friday.
"The violations were inadvertent and did not result in any competitive advantages. Our athletics staff cooperated fully with the NCAA throughout the process. We were proactive in reporting our findings and have made changes in our monitoring systems as a result," Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said.
Iowa State's two-year investigation started with the discovery of improper contacts with recruits by Keith Moore, a former Cyclones player who was working in his first year as an undergraduate student coach under Fred Hoiberg. An audit of three years of telephone and text messaging by coaching staff found "a significant number of recruiting communication violations involving most of its sports programs."
Moore sent 160 impermissible text messages to his former AAU players. Coaches also made 24 "clear-cut intentional" telephone call violations, and other employees made 55 impermissible calls. Employees failed to log another 1,400 calls that failed to connect with recruits.
In all, the university faulted itself for failing to monitor the calls.
"Operating with integrity is a core value for our entire campus. We strive to maintain the highest standards at Iowa State University and will continue to place a high emphasis on compliance and adhering to standards of the NCAA," Iowa State President Steven Leath said. "I have found our staff to be extremely diligent in investigating the situation and fully cooperative with the NCAA during the entire review. Iowa State respects the enforcement process and is grateful for this resolution."
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