Iowa State University reported fewer than half the NCAA violations in 2016-17 it had the previous year, but that wasn’t the goal for Kurt Hunsaker, ISU’s new compliance director.
“If we’re finding the little things, that’s really good,” he said.
ISU going from 33 violations reported to the NCAA in 2015-16 to 15 last year likely can be attributed to turnover of the compliance director position, which Hunsaker assumed in August 2016, he said. “We were hiring new staff and putting back in monitoring systems,” he said.
The University of Iowa had 26 NCAA violations last year, all minor, and the University of Northern Iowa had seven minor violations, according to reports filed with the Iowa Board of Regents. These were the same number of violations the schools reported the previous year.
Nearly 70 percent of the total 46 violations at Iowa’s regents universities last year were related to recruiting. About half of those incidents dealt with coaches contacting prospective student-athletes when they weren’t supposed to. In three UI violations, coaches said they accidentally called or texted prospects, but the UI admonished them, required rules education and reduced recruiting opportunities.
Free meals to prospective student-athletes also were called out in the reports, with the universities requiring the prospects to repay the money and the coaches to get additional training.
In three cases — two at UI and one at UNI — the NCAA imposed additional sanctions beyond those levied by the schools.
UI women’s basketball was not allowed to send recruiting materials or have electronic correspondence with one prospective student-athlete for four weeks after a Sept. 13 violation in which two coaches sent emails and a coach sent a text to her before the first permissible date. UI reported the prospect was incorrectly identified in their recruiting database as a 2018 prospect when she was in 2019. The UI had imposed a two-week hiatus, but the NCAA doubled it.
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UI men’s basketball lost two recruiting person days in 2016-17 after two coaches had impermissible off-campus contact with a 2020 prospect on Sept. 21, the report states.
UNI athletics officials imposed education after learning in January a wrestling coach did a brief weight workout with a prospect during a 2014 visit, but the NCAA tacked on a one-week off-campus recruiting ban for all wrestling coaches.
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