WVU Self-Reports Rules Violation

The Byzantine nature of NCAA bylaws again reared its often-ugly head, as the Dominion Post reported Thursday that WVU had to report a secondary rules violation related to football team activities that occurred before the start of spring practice.

The Mountaineers had organized activities early on Friday mornings, according to the report, before coaches gave players the rest of that day off, all of Saturday and most of Sunday before reconvening for an early evening session.

That was in violation of NCAA bylaw, which mandates that "outside the playing season during the academic year, all countable athletically related activities ... are prohibited during two calendar days per week."

Indeed, though West Virginia coaches were giving players roughly 57 consecutive hours off, the only calendar day players were entirely free was Saturday. Thus, the athletic department had to report a secondary rules violation.

The violation occurred for two consecutive weeks in February, but WVU took immediate action to impose penalties on itself.

Associate athletic director for compliance Keli Cunningham told the Dominion Post that the program took four days off per week over the course of back-to-back weeks in early March. Compliance staffers met with football coaches, staff members and players to re-educate all on certain rules.

The NCAA typically takes two to three months to respond to such self-reports, according to Cunningham. She told the Dominion Post she expects the violation to have no impact on the probationary status the program is currently under related to more serious infractions committed under former coaches Rich Rodriguez and Bill Stewart.

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