21 Secondary Violations reported by Clemson

by - Correspondent -

Clemson University reported 21 secondary NCAA violations for the 1998-99 academic year on Friday. All 21 instances were the result of self-reports by the individuals involved, according to a press release by the athletic department.

"These violations are not unusual," said Clemson director of compliance Rebecca Bowman. "The fact these inconsistencies are self-reported indicates that our rules education program helps our staff better understand the complexities of the NCAA legislative process, and our staff feels comfortable reporting inconsistencies."

The cases were detailed, but all the athletes' names and sports were deleted. All but two of the cases have been resolved with the NCAA. The two cases that are pending involve prospects charging long distance telephone calls and complimentary admissions to prospects during the dead period.

Also released was the drug testing log. There were six positive test for marijuana during the year. Four athletes tested positive for the second time. There were no positive tests for steroids.

The secondary violations that have been resolved ranged from improper contact with a prospect by e-mail to impermissible practice sessions or tryouts.

Summary of violations:

July 1998 - Coach telephoned prospect prior to junior year.

July 1998 - Coaching staff members assessed the athletic abilities of a prospect.

July 1998 - Coach attended a summer camp that was not NCAA-sanctioned and evaluated a prospect.

August 1998 - Prospects practiced before they were admitted to the university.

August 1998 - Coach sent a letter to a prospect prior to junior year.

Sept 1998 - Coach sent an e-mail to prospect prior to junior year.

Sept 1998 - Prospect's father and aunt mistakenly took items from a welcome table set up for alumni.

Sept 1998 - An additional complimentary ticket issued without "borrowing" from another team member.

Sept 1998 - Team participated in competition prior to completing drug testing forms.

Prior to enrollment - student-athlete received prize money based on place finish.

Nov 1998 - Student-athlete participated in two meets after eligibility was exhausted.

1996-97 and 1997-98 academic year - Student received interpretation on outside grants. Ruled that student-athlete received impermissible financial aid.

Dec 1998 - Coaching staff sought and received rules interpretation that was improperly related to them.

Dec 1998 - Provision of travel expense to an ineligible student-athlete whose eligibility was going to be regained at semester's end.

Jan 1999 - Two prospects en-route to Clemson to enroll were provided a hotel room due to inclement weather upon arrival at Atlanta airport.

Oct 1998-Jan 1999 - Unauthorized use of long distance telephone service by student athlete.

Dec 1998 - Violation regarding provision of complimentary admissions to prospects for a NCAA regional championship.

Jan 1999 - Impermissible snacks on official visits.

Summer 1998 (discovered March 1999) accepting prize money for place finish.

Sept 1998 - (discovered March 1999) Two prospects charged long distance phone calls during an official visit (case pending)

April 1999 - Violation regarding provision of complimentary admissions to prospects during dead period. (case pending)

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