Clemson releases secondary NCAA violations


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CLEMSON, SC -- As is its policy to do twice a year, Clemson announced its NCAA secondary rules violations on Friday. The names of the sports, coaches and students involved have been redacted by the university. Violations can be classified as either secondary or major. Secondary violations are those that provide only a limited recruiting or competitive advantage. These violations cover the period February through July of 2012.

Level I / Level II - Date of Violation - Bylaw(s) - Summary of Fact

Level I - 10/13/11 - 12.1.2 - Amateur Status - 12.1.2.1.5 - Payment Based on Performance - NCAA Amateurism staff determined that the PSA earned payment based on performance after triggering full-time enrollment. Action Taken: SA declared ineligible and eligibility reinstated with the conditions that the student-athlete repay the $975 of prize money received to a charity of her choice.

Level II - 2/12/12 -12.5.2.1.2 - Improper Use of Student-Athlete’s Name or Picture - Institution permitted the improper use of a current student-athlete’s photo to be used in an advertisement for a local business. Violation was discovered by an athletic administrator who saw the ad in a publication. Administrator notified compliance services. Action Taken: Local business provided a cease and desist letter. Athletic staff members involved received a review of the legislation and received a letter of admonishment.

Level II - 3/15/12 - 13.10.2 - Comments Before Signing Currently enrolled student-athlete tweeted a comment about a prospective student-athlete (PSA) prior to the PSA signing NLI with institution. Action Taken: Student-athlete deleted the tweet. Provide a review of legislation to all student-athletes, student-workers and staff.

Level I - 4/9/12 - 13.02.5.4 - Recruiting Periods – Dead Period Head coach had an impermissible on-campus contact with a prospective student-athlete during the dead period. The coach was not tracking on the dead period because the institution was not signing any prospects during this spring signing period. The prospect contacted the coach prior to a tournament and at the conclusion of the tournament in a neighboring state the prospect and family visited the institution on their way back home. Coach self-reported violation to compliance services immediately after reading an article on a prospect we had signed earlier and then it occurred to the coach that we had a dead period. Coach issued a letter of admonishment and provided with a review of legislation.
Prospect declared ineligible. Institution requested that the PSA be reinstated. Impermissible contact will be counted as one of the three permissible, off-campus contacts with PSA and institution will reduce by one the remaining number of permissible, off-campus contacts with PSA.

Level I - 4/25/12 - Discovered 7/13/11 - 15.2.3 - Books Director contacted compliance services after reading violation report of another Division I school that multiple student-athletes had received recommended textbooks using scholarship funds, instead of NCAA SAOF funds since the Fall 2007 academic term until the Summer 2011 term. Staff member received letter of reprimand. Compliance provided rules education to the entire staff on required books.

Level II - 6/17/12 - Discovered 6/22/12 - 13.10.2 - Comments Before Signing Currently enrolled student-athlete tweeted a comment about a prospective student-athlete (PSA) prior to the PSA signing NLI with institution. Action Taken: Student-athlete deleted the tweet. Provided a review of legislation to student athlete and other newly enrolled players arriving for summer school.

Level II - 7/2/12 - 13.1.2.5.1 - Off-Campus Contacts and Evaluations – Written Certification During a routine internal audit it was discovered that the department did not have on file a list of coaches who are permitted to contact and evaluate PSA off-campus for all sports. Action Taken: Staff reviewed legislation and will provide a copy of the written certification to the sports supervisor as a backup.

Level I - 7/12/12 - 12.1.2.1.5 - Payment Based on Performance - 14.2.3.2 NCAA Amateurism staff determined that the PSA earned payment based on performance after triggering full-time enrollment and competed in organized competition after to one-year grace period for the sport. Action Taken: SA declared ineligible and eligibility reinstated with the conditions that the student-athlete repay the $10,803 of prize money received to a charity of her choice. Prospective student-athlete has used one season of competition and must serve an academic year in residence at the certifying NCAA institution upon enrollment.

Level II - 7/23/12 - 13.10.2 - Comments Before Signing - Compliance services was notified by another school that a student worker tweeted a comment about a prospective student-athlete (PSA) prior to the PSA signing NLI with institution. Action Taken: Student deleted the tweet. Provide a review of legislation to all student-athletes, student-workers and staff.

Level II - 7/28/12 - 17.24.13.1.2 - Out of Season - Head coach notified compliance services after becoming aware that three currently enrolled student-athletes competed on an outside team during the summer exceeding the permissible number of two. Action Taken: Coaching staff and student-athletes were provided a review of the legislation. Involved student-athletes withheld from one day of preseason practice.

Abbreviation Key
HC – Head Coach
AC – Assistant Coach
VC – Volunteer Coach
GA – Graduate Assistant
SA – Student-Athlete
PSA – Prospective Student-Athlete
HS – High School

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