NCAA Accepts Self-Imposed Sanctions by Tech

Texas Tech University and athletics says that the NCAA has upheld the self-imposed sanctions by the school and athletic department and will begin a two-year probation period that ends in 2013.

LUBBOCK — Texas Tech University and its athletics department released a statement on Friday acknowledging that the self-imposed sanctions following the institution's discovery of text messaging violations last year within the athletics program have been accepted by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

The text messaging violations occurred from 2007-09 and were sent to a number of football, softball and men's golf prospects during that span.

No violations have occurred or been reported since then.

"We conducted a thorough internal investigation and self-reported the issues to the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference," said Brian Shannon, who is the Texas Tech faculty representative to the NCAA. "Additionally, we self-imposed significant penalties on the programs involved even prior to the submission of our self-report to the NCAA, and the vast majority of those penalties have been completed.

"We also cooperated fully with the NCAA and are pleased the NCAA determined that there was no lack of institutional control on the part of Texas Tech, nor any failure to properly monitor compliance with the rules by our compliance program."

Two Texas Tech officials confirmed that the penalties already carried out include scholarship losses to the sports as well as reprimands to those involved. The only two remaining components that will have to be carries out is on the men's golf program through the 2010-11 season and the two-year probation which will end on Jan. 6, 2013.

The decision from the NCAA office that the self-imposed sanctions were correctly handled means that there will be no further punishments to Texas Tech unless they occur during the probation period.

The text messages sent from the football staff to recruits were during Mike Leach's tenure as head coach and included members from his staff. Only one full-time member from that staff remains at Tech — offensive line coach Matt Moore. Inside receivers coach Sonny Cumbie was a graduate assistant last season and was not involved in the recruiting.

"The infractions that occurred with football here at Tech happened between 2007 and early 2009, before I arrived as head coach," current head coach Tommy Tuberville said in a statement. "Each of the coaches on this staff has a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations that pertain to the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference. All of us here at Texas Tech are committed to running a program with the highest integrity and one that all Red Raider fans will be proud of."

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