No Additional Penalities

West Virginia's self-imposed penalties were accepted by the NCAA in its violations case involving extra coaching activities.

While the NCAA did find that "failure to monitor" major violations occurred under two previous head coaches (Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart), the institution accepted West Virginia's self-imposed penalties, which included probation from July 8, 2011 through July 7, 2013, the loss of two scholarships during the last academic year (2010-2011) and one for the current year (2011-12), and the elimination of two non-coaching graduate assistant positions. The Committee on Infractions saw no reason to impose additional penalties past those already putin place by the school.

WVU athletic director Oliver Luck, in a prepared statement, said, "I am pleased that the Committee accepted the self-imposed penalties the University proposed, without imposing any additional ones. The University has already taken corrective action and put new systems in place to address all the issues raised.

"It is also important to note that probation does not affect our bowl eligibility or ability to compete for conference or national championships. It does, however, require annual reports over a two-year period, which we will complete.

"We have taken this case very seriously from the beginning and, as we've said, will move forward with a complete commitment to compliance in all that we do. We now look forward to an exciting football season and putting this process behind us."

The NCAA report, released on Friday afternoon, listed the complete list of self-imposed-penalties, many of which have already been imposed and served:

  • Public reprimand and censure.

  • Two years probation from July 8, 2011, through July 7, 2013.

  • Reduced the total number of scholarships awarded for football during the 2010-11 academic year by two.

  • Elimination of two noncoaching graduate assistant positions, resulting in a reduction from seven to five noncoaching graduate assistant positions. Noncoaching graduate assistants are not permitted to attend or observe any coaching or athletically related activities or meetings.

  • The coordinator of recruiting operations (formerly director/ coordinator of high school relations) position was restricted from attending or observing meetings involving coaching activities and all athletically related events, including sideline attendance at all home and away games through the 2010-11 academic year.

  • Prior to its elimination, from February 10 through June 30, 2010, the position of director of player development was restricted from attending or observing any meetings involving coaching activities and all athletically related activities.

  • The program declined the opportunity to use 10 coaches during its designated "off" week, resulting in just seven coaches recruiting for the week of Sept. 26, 2010, through Oct. 2, 2010.

  • Eliminated one off-campus recruiter for the 2011 spring recruiting period, bringing the total from seven to six.

  • Reduced the amount of countable athletically related activities for football student-athletes by a total of 46.25 hours or 23 percent.

  • Reduce the total number of scholarships awarded for football during the 2011-12 academic year by one.

    According to the NCAA, and as previously announced by WVU, the case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form, with all parties agreeing to the facts of the case and the proposed penalties.

    Complete NCAA Report


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