Vanderbilt admits recruiting violation

Vanderbilt University officials confirmed today that a member of its women's basketball staff committed a violation of Southeastern Conference and NCAA rules and has been accordingly disciplined.

Vanderbilt administrators recently learned that a non-coaching member of its women's basketball staff improperly attended an AAU basketball event off-campus on July 22, 2006. Only certified members of a University's coaching staff are permitted to recruit off-campus, a long-standing rule that has been a growing point of concern at the Conference level. Vanderbilt's own investigation verified the report and, after consultation with SEC officials, self-imposed penalties on the women's basketball program.

These penalties included the immediate suspension of a staff member, a restriction on the number of recruiting days the basketball staff will be allowed to use and additional staff educational programming.

"This was an unfortunate incident, but all members of our University community, including Coach Balcomb, take any violation very seriously," says Vice Chancellor David Williams, "We acted immediately upon learning of the matter and, after discussions with the conference office, put in place significant self-imposed penalties on our program. Vanderbilt University is committed to compliance and integrity in our athletics program and will not retreat from its obligation to maintain the highest standards of institutional control over its athletic programs.

"I want to add that we continue to have confidence in our basketball program and in Coach Balcomb and her staff," Williams continues. "We are in agreement about what we want this outstanding program to represent and are dedicated to providing Vanderbilt student-athletes with an exceptional experience on and off the court."

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