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Notre Dame Fined, Put on Probation for Violating NCAA Recruiting Rules

The NCAA said Thursday that Notre Dame and its football program's former assistant coach were facing multiple penalties for violating the organization's recruiting contact rules.

Posted: Jan 21, 2021 2:14 PM

Notre Dame Fined, Put on Probation for Violating NCAA Recruiting Rules

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Thursday that the University of Notre Dame and its football program's former assistant coach were facing multiple penalties including probation and a fine for violating the NCCA recruiting contact rules.

The NCAA says that according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions, the University, former assistant football coach, and NCAA enforcement staff "agreed that the former assistant coach had impermissible contact with a prospect when he met privately with the prospect at his high school before July 1 after the completion of his junior year of high school."

Thursday's statement from the NCAA goes on to state that during that meeting, the former assistant coach expressed the school's interest in recruiting the prospect and exchanged "impermissible" text messages with another prospect on 10 occasions.

"The case also involved a Level III recruiting violation involving the head football coach," the NCAA explained. "Specifically, after initially declining a request, the head football coach impermissibly posed for a photo with another prospect while visiting the prospect’s high school during the fall evaluation period."

The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university and Level II-mitigated penalties for the former assistant coach.

The report contains the full list of penalties as approved by the Committee on Infractions, including:

  • One year of probation.
  • A $5,000 fine.
  • A six-month show-cause order for the former assistant football coach, including a one-game suspension at any employing member school.
  • Reduced football official visits for the 2020-21 academic year by one.
  • Reduced football unofficial visits by 14 days for the 2020-21 academic year.
  • A seven-day off-campus recruiting ban for the entire football staff during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • The university ended the recruitment of the prospect.
  • The university will not recruit any prospects from the high school in Seattle from the 2019-20 through 2021-22 academic years.

You can see Thursday's full statement from the NCAA by clicking here.


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