Offical NCAA Letter Alleging Violations

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder has received a letter from the

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) alleging violations

of NCAA football recruiting rules that occurred in recruiting seasons

1996, 1997, and l998.   Copied below is a fact sheet on this letter

with information on the NCAA investigation and our plans for response.

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April 11, 2002

 

The University of Colorado at Boulder has received a letter from the

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) alleging violations of NCAA

football recruiting rules that occurred in recruiting seasons 1996, 1997 and

1998.  Rick Neuheisel was coach of the CU football team at that time.

 

Chancellor Richard L. Byyny has asked his Committee on Compliance, chaired

by Provost Phil DiStefano, to investigate the allegations, compile requested

documentation, and provide a full report to the NCAA on or before the

deadline of June 27, 2002.

 

In January, 1999, NCAA alerted CU to the possibility of recruiting

violations based on a news article about a recruit's visit. We responded to

that request for information.  At about the same time, former coach Rick

Neuheisel left and Coach Gary Barnett arrived to head up the football

program.  Upon coach Barnett's arrival, the Athletic Department conducted an

internal audit and began self-reporting on rules violations cited as they

were discovered. While the university was formally informed of the NCAA

investigation of recruiting practices in July, 2001, we have cooperated

fully with the NCAA investigation over the past three years and will

continue to do so as the Committee on Compliance responds to the NCAA.  In

fact much of the written documentation requested in the letter has already

been provided.

 

Many of the violations cited in the letter are secondary, self-reported

violations.  These include such items as: A CU staff member phoned a walk-on

player after he had transferred to a different institution; excessive

reimbursement for mileage to recruits ranging from $3.20 to $35.76; $15 in

excessive entertainment money to each of three student hosts of recruits;

use of a hotel game room at a cost of $3 over the limit for some recruiting

weekends; provision of TV station tours and a gift of a mock interview tape;

and allowing a newspaper reporter from a recruit's hometown to be present

during a campus visit.

 

All of these particular secondary violations were self-reported, but remain

as part of the NCAA investigation so that the entire file can be closed at

once.

 

Other allegations included:

 

1. Football coaching staff under Rick Neuheisel's direction regularly making

in-person, off-campus "contacts" with

     prospective student-athletes outside of appropriate contact periods.

Seven of 25 recruits cited as impermissibly

     contacted ended up playing for the University of Colorado.

2. Failure to recover athletic apparel provided for campus visit weekends

and inadequate equipment room monitoring.

3. Use of a private jet without proper documentation by then-coach Neuheisel

for recruiting.

4. Attendance at a prospect's baseball game by an unauthorized athletic

department staff member.

 

The accumulation of these violations led the NCAA to allege a lack of

institutional control primarily by Coach Neuheisel and his recruiting staff.

 

Since the alleged violations outlined in the letter occurred, the CU

football program has undergone significant changes guided by Coach Gary

Barnett.  The changes made by Coach Barnett involve both recruiting and

internal monitoring practices.

 

Since Gary Barnett joined the staff, CU has undergone a compliance review by

the Big XII, completed in October, 2000.  CU was commended for an

institutional commitment to rules compliance.


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