Every year, UK has to self-report violations to the NCAA, and last year, one of them involved “Last Chance U” star Brittany Wagner. Wagner, the former athletics academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College, became a star after Netflix’s series came out and was invited to a UK’s season opener vs. Southern Miss last year. (You probably remember that she appeared on the KSR pregame show, along with my podcast and Matt’s podcast.)
According to the Courier-Journal, an SEC Network color commentator requested tickets for Wagner to the game, which UK Football assistant Lamar Thomas left at will-call under his name. Apparently, because Wagner is an employee of a junior college, that’s a violation, which UK immediately reported to the NCAA. In response, UK Football staffers had to go through training about what to do in that situation (put Wagner on a pass list for recruits instead of leaving her tickets at will-call) and were prohibited from visiting EMCC prospects off campus for a month. The NCAA at work, my friends.
All 17 violations UK reported in the 2016-17 year were Level 3 (minor). Women’s basketball accounted for five; football, women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s soccer, and swimming diving two; and men’s basketball and track and field one each. The men’s basketball one is especially trivial. A freshman player posted a picture with a recruit on Snapchat, which violates the NCAA rule for publicizing the visit. Because it’s SnapChat, the image disappeared after 24 hours, but the entire team still had to go through a rules education session.
Read more about UK’s 17 self-reported violations over at The Courier-Journal. And then shake your head.