NCAA closes case on ISU violations

Daily Staff

The NCAA Committee on Infractions closed Iowa State’s violations case on Friday, nearly two years after the case was first reported to the NCAA.

The committee ruled Iowa State’s self-imposed penalties were sufficient and no further actions will be taken. Iowa State had recommended it be placed on probation for two years and will now be on probation effective immediately until Sept. 5, 2015. 

“The Committee on Infractions has concluded its work and agreed with our findings and our self-imposed penalties,” said ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard in a news release 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.”

The athletic department self-reported violations to the NCAA in November 2011 after an investigation revealed it made 1,484 impermissible phone calls to recruits between 2008-11 across all 18 varsity sports. The investigation showed 1,405 of the calls were because of a failure to log previously missed calls but determined 79 were clear-cut violations made outside of an allowed period of time.

The investigation, which began in April 2011 after men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg notified Pollard of a potential violation made by former student assistant Keith Moore, reviewed more than 750,000 calls during the three-year period by all 69 coaches.

Iowa State placed itself on probation for two years beginning in November 2011 and said it has invested or will invest more than $82,000 during the next three years on compliance software. It already imposed a temporary recruiting ban on various involved coaches.

The NCAA found those self-imposed penalties to be sufficient. 

“Operating with integrity is a core value for our entire campus. We strive to maintain the highest standards at Iowa State University and will continue to place a high emphasis on compliance and adhering to standards of the NCAA,” said ISU president Steven Leath in a news release on Friday. “Since learning of this issue in my first month at Iowa State, I have found our staff to be extremely diligent in investigating the situation and fully cooperative with the NCAA during the entire review.

“Iowa State respects the enforcement process and is grateful for this resolution.”