Iowa State gets good news on investigation
by Randy Peterson, USA TODAY Sports
Iowa State got the news it hoped for Friday. The only additional sanction in the wake of infractions the school reported to the NCAA is a two-year probation through Sept. 5, 2015, and that will only come into play if the school breaks the rules again during the next two years.
There’s no bowl ban, no suspended coaches, and no more wondering if 79 recruiting violations that both Iowa State and the NCAA agreed to be “major” would result in severe punishment.
“As a result of self-discovered and self-report of recruiting violations in all Iowa State University sports, the Division I Committee on Infractions concluded that the university failed to monitor its athletics program,” the NCAA opinion said.
In a news release, Iowa State athletics director Jamie Pollard stressed that the school cooperated fully with the NCAA.
“The (NCAA) Committee on Infractions has … agreed with our findings and our self-imposed penalties,” Pollard said in a statement 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.”
When contacted Friday, Pollard declined further comment.
Iowa State revealed April 10 that coaches had made 1,484 impermissible phone contacts with recruits — 79 of which were classified as major infactions — according to documents the university released.
The violations involved more than 33 coaches and every athletic program at the university, according to facts that both Iowa State and the NCAA agreed upon. Iowa State self-imposed two years of probation as part of the findings and disciplined several of its coaches individually.
“We were very, very robust — probably the most comprehensive phone texting investigation ever done by a team in the NCAA (history),” Iowa State president Steven Leath told the Des Moines Register. “I know we were careful. I know we were thorough. I know we did more than anyone would have expected of us.
“So I feel comfortable in that sense.”
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