An open records request by the Herald-Leader’s Jen Smith may have unearthed the reasoning behind the late-summer resignation of David Armstrong, the former director of football administration under Joker Phillips.
The school self-reported two secondary violations by Armstrong during his year-and-a-half tenure at UK, one involving former defensive line coach David Turner. On May 27th, the two visited five recruits at the University Inn before the start of a one-day camp. The visit took place during the recruiting quiet period, and because the hotel is technically “adjacent” to campus and not on-campus like Armstrong and Turner believed, it was a violation. The University reported it after discovering the mix-up and the two staff members were issued letters of admonishment and the program had to count that contact as one of its permissible contacts for those prospects, one of which was declared ineligible for competition at UK.
Armstrong’s other violation occurred on December 7th, 2011 when he used the ribbon boards at Commonwealth Stadium for a presentation during a recruiting visit. Apparently Armstrong had already been told by the UK Compliance staff that only the scoreboard could be used during the visit, not the ribbon boards, per NCAA rules.
Minor stuff, but it does shed some light onto why Armstrong resigned so abruptly. Also, the NCAA’s absurd rules…what’s next? Recruits can use urinals but not the toilets? Can have Dippin Dots but not Rupp’s infamous soft serve? SMH…