The NCAA continues its vicious streak of taking down the nation’s elite.
This afternoon, the NCAA decided to place the Utah basketball program on probation for two years for violations revolving around the school’s recruiting activities back in April 2018.
According to the official report, the school “conducted impermissible recruiting activities and the head coach failed to meet his responsibility to monitor his staff and promote rules compliance.” The violations occurred over a seven-day period.
The issue at hand? It was found that a Utah assistant coach “misapplied recruiting rules and believed off-campus recruiting activities were allowed during a quiet period” and the the assistant “conducted an evaluation of a recruit at a community college, and the full men’s basketball coaching staff visited a second recruit at his high school during the quiet period.”
As a result, the NCAA handed down the following penalties:
- Two years of probation.
- A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
- Recruiting restrictions
- A one-year show-cause order for the associate head coach.
- A one-year disassociation of the community college head coach.
- A prohibition from men’s basketball coaches from the community college participating in any official or unofficial visits on the Utah campus for one year. Further for one year, Utah will not recruit any prospects from the community college (self-imposed by the university).
- Attendance at an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar by the two assistant men’s basketball coaches (self-imposed by the university).
Utah's basketball program has received two years probation for impermissible recruiting activities, per the NCAA. https://t.co/FUgyjfWHgQ
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) August 6, 2019
Utah is scheduled to play Kentucky on December 18 in Las Vegas, NV this year.
Back on July 23, the NCAA placed the DePaul basketball program on probation for three years due to recruiting violations, also suspending head coach Dave Leitao for the first three games of the 2019-20 season.
The NCAA alleged that a former DePaul associate head coach “violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit” and that Leitao “violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he did not stop or prevent violations from occurring in his program.”
The school was forced to vacate four seasons worth of wins, ultimately amounting to a whopping 48 total.
North Carolina State was actually the first program to get punished by the NCAA after they told the world they were ready to release their Notice of Allegations to schools involved in the recent FBI college basketball scandal. On July 10, the NCAA handed down two Level I violations against N.C. State and four overall, with all of them being connected to the recruitment of former five-star guard Dennis Smith Jr.
With Smith on the roster, N.C. State won just four ACC basketball games and finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 15-17.
Programs such as Kansas, Louisville, Auburn, and Arizona were expected to be the main programs of interest to receive their own Notice of Allegations.
Instead, we’ve seen punishments handed down to N.C. State, DePaul, and Utah.