Alabama has a large staff of media relations specialists, so that things like the upcoming volleyball schedule are easy to obtain. This staff is also savvy enough to know that The University’s interests might be better served by some issues being somewhat under the radar.
And so it was that in the mddle of the thee-day Fourth of July holiday weekend, on Sunday evening, the Alabama athletics department posted notice of having self-reported 19 secondary (levels 3 and 4) violations to the NCAA during the 2015-16 academic year. The University can reasonably say it was being prompt in the notifications as the academic year extended from July 1, 2015, to June 30 (last Thursday) this year.
As has been pointed out many times by responsible NCAA members and administrators, if an athletics department does not have secondary violations it is either miraculous or an indication that school is not diligent, and if it isn’t self-reporting violations it is duplicitous. Alabama has a history (not always to its advantage) of being vigilant in its compliance and cooperative with the NCAA.
Football reported five secondary violations. They included a former player providing training at no cost to a current player, a trophy being an “impermissible recruiting decoration” in the area where there were visiting prospects (you can’t make this stuff up), a couple of text messages from a coach or coaches to a prospect or prospects (no names are given in the report and there is no differentation of a coach being a head coach or an assistant), and a coach calling a prospect for a second time in one week.
Crimson Tide Productions, which does radio and television broadcasts of Alabama athletics events, was guilty of hiring a high school volleyball coach as an on-air broadcaster for six Bama volleyball matches in 2014.
Phone calls, e-mails, tweets, and text messages (some inadvertant and some with mitigating circumstances) were involved in violations by gymnastics, men’s basketball, soccer, women’s golf, rowing, women’s swimming, and volleyball.
A member of the Alabama men’s swimming and diving team purchased a tee shirt for a prospect who was on an official visit. The parent of a prospect in men’s track and field was provided lodging before the start of the official visit.
There were various corrective actions taken by The University, almost all involving the provision of “additional rules education.”