It’s that time of year again, when we look back at all the secondary violations UK reported to the NCAA for the previous school year and shake our heads. SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker did the dirty work this go around, filing an open records request and discovering that UK self-reported 14 secondary violations to the NCAA for the 2015-16 school year. Keep in mind that most of these are laughably minor, and because UK reported them themselves, the penalties are pretty mild.
There were four Level III (non-suspension) violations for football, including UK accidentally paying for a recruit’s parents’ lodging the night before an official visit; a recruit talking to a former player (“who is considered a booster”) at a game; an assistant coach accidentally tweeting a recruit something that was meant to be a direct message; and an assistant coach accidentally calling a recruit and his parents one day after the no-contact period began.
The one men’s basketball violation is one we already knew about: Tyler Ulis taking a picture with Drake at his concert in Chicago. This is considered “preferential treatment,” although UK pointed out that the two merely said hello and took a picture, and that’s it. No tickets, no access to the after party, nothing. If you remember, Ulis was briefly declared ineligible and reinstated on the day of Big Blue Madness.
There were three violations for women’s basketball (including Matthew Mitchell pocket dialing a recruit), one for baseball, three for women’s golf, one for men’s golf, and one for women’s volleyball, all Level III (non-suspension). Head on over to SEC Country to check them out and laugh at the institution we call the NCAA.