The NCAA has penalized UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm with a two-year show cause and a $5,000 fine, while also accepting the self-imposed violations by UCLA.
Klemm was investigated by the NCAA for providing illegal benefits to recruits in 2015, improperly providing access to a training camp for two prospects.
UCLA suspended Klemm for two games during the 2015 season, and had the days he was allowed out to have contact or evaluate recruits reduced.
The investigation was said to be concluded last spring, but the findings and violations weren't announced until today.
Here is the actual NCAA release on its decision:
An associate head football coach at the University of California, Los Angeles, violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he paid for two prospects to receive private training, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.
The panel accepted the university’s self-imposed penalties and added a $5,000 fine and a two- year show-cause order for the coach. UCLA must submit a plan for compliance to the Committee on Infractions on how it will educate and monitor the athletically-related activities of the coach during the period of the show-cause order.
This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort during which the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, university and involved individuals must agree to the facts and overall level of the case in order to use this process instead of a formal hearing.
The coach admitted to paying $2,400 for housing and private training sessions on behalf of the two prospects, but he was not aware that it violated NCAA rules. While the school and coach stated that he received ample rules education, the panel noted that the coach incorrectly believed it was permissible to pay for the training because he believed the two prospects signed National Letters of Intent. The coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules because he should have known that his arrangement would not be allowed.
Additionally, the football program provided one of the prospects with a second official visit even though NCAA rules allow only one official paid visit to a campus.
Penalties prescribed by the panel include the following:
- Public reprimand and censure for the university.
- A two-year show-cause order for the coach from Sept. 16, 2016, through Sept. 15, 2018. If he seeks employment at an NCAA member school during that time, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions. He also must attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar each year of the show-cause period.
- A $5,000 fine.
The university self-imposed the following penalties:
- A reduction of one full-time football coach for the spring recruiting period, from April 15 to May 30, 2015.
- A reduction in the number of spring football evaluation days from 168 to 150 for the spring 2015 recruiting period.
- A reduction in the number of official visits from the university’s four-year average by two for the 2015-16 academic year.
- A reduction of one full-time football coach for the spring practice period, from March 31 to April 25, 2015.
- A reduction of one full-time coach for the first two games of the 2015-16 football season.
To view the entire NCAA decision, go here.
Statements from UCLA Athletics In Response to NCAA's Public Infractions Report
Dan Guerrero – UCLA Director of Athletics
"In August 2015, five months after self-reporting alleged NCAA rules violations involving a member of the UCLA Football coaching staff, UCLA completed its review of the matter and self-imposed sanctions on the football program and on the coach involved. Subsequently, following the NCAA's own review of the matter, the NCAA and institution agreed to use the summary disposition process – a process that culminated with the issuance of today's NCAA Public Infractions report. We would like to thank the NCAA for its due diligence and professionalism throughout this process. Ultimately, anything short of complete adherence to NCAA rules is unacceptable in both our football program and our athletic department."
Jim Mora – UCLA Head Football Coach
"This was a good lesson for all of our coaches and staff – we must know every single NCAA rule and adhere to them, period. Our compliance office is very thorough and has always worked closely with our coaches and staff, which I think the NCAA realized and appreciated as we went through this process. Without question, we are a stronger football program today."
Adrian Klemm – UCLA Associate Head Football Coach/Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line
"While I certainly did not intentionally violate NCAA rules, the fact of the matter is that I did violate NCAA rules, and I accept full responsibility. I need to be aware of every rule, and I will be moving forward. I'm thankful that this process has concluded, and my focus remains squarely on our student-athletes and helping them achieve their goals."
In March 2015, UCLA self-reported alleged NCAA rules violations involving a member of the UCLA Football coaching staff and began an internal review of the matter. As a result of the internal review, later supported by the NCAA's own review of the matter, it was determined that a member of the UCLA Football coaching staff provided two prospective student-athletes with housing and training services at an out of state private workout facility. While both student-athletes were committed to UCLA at the time, neither student-athlete had yet to enroll. At the time of the violation, the coach did not understand that he was violating NCAA guidelines, but he was deemed to have committed an unethical conduct violation because he knowingly provided the benefits. In addition, during a visit to campus prior to enrollment, one of the prospective student-athletes received benefits that included housing, local transportation and meal expenses from the institution in violation of NCAA bylaws.
In the course of the review, it was also determined that the football program committed unrelated Level III violations when it had impermissible contact with prospective student-athletes. These unplanned contacts occurred with two prospective student-athletes at their high school, and the third contact occurred when a coach and prospective student-athlete were dining separately at the same restaurant.
Upon concluding its internal review of the matter, UCLA self-imposed sanctions on the coach involved in the Level II infractions and on the football program. The institution suspended the coach from all institutional activity during the 2015 spring practice and recruiting seasons, suspended the coach for the first two games of the 2015 season and imposed a fine on the coach. In addition, UCLA Football reduced its recruiting days in Spring 2015 by 10 percent and reduced official visits by two during the 2015-16 academic year. To maintain eligibility, one of the involved student-athletes who received benefits was required to repay the value of the benefits received to charity. All of the institution's self-imposed sanctions were accepted by the NCAA.
The NCAA's Committee on Infractions imposed additional penalties: a $5,000 fine and a public reprimand of the university along with a two-year show-cause penalty against the coach found to have committed the violations.