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Maryland football self-reported nine secondary NCAA violations in past year

The Maryland football team self-reported nine secondary violations to the NCAA between March 1, 2012 and April 24, 2013, according to documents obtained by an open-records request.

UPDATE 3:46 P.M.: The list of secondary violations Maryland self-reported can be found here (PDF).

In all, Maryland’s athletic department self-reported 19 secondary violations across nine sports. Women’s basketball had just one violation — a text-message reply mistakenly sent to the father of a prospective student-athlete — and men’s basketball had zero.

The NCAA is considering a rule change that would allow coaches across all sports to have unlimited contact with recruits via text message, telephone and social media beginning after the recruit’s sophomore year in high school. The NCAA, which announced the rule changes in January, will reconsider the changes at a May 2 meeting of its Board of Directors after the required number of schools – 75 –  requested an override of the rule, which was to take effect Aug. 1.

NCAA men’s basketball coaches operate with no limits on text messages and calls.

Most of the football team’s nine self-reported violations would not be considered infractions if the proposed rule changes take effect. Six of the violations were caused by replying to text messages and phone calls from unrecognized numbers that turned out to be from unsigned recruits, or mistakenly calling recruits thinking they were high school coaches. In two cases, coaches illegally texted unsigned recruits with simple, short answers like “sure” and “you have to ask the Head Coach.”

Seven violations were punishable by a two-week ban on contact with the recruit in question. In six cases, the offending coach — none were named in the documents supplied by Maryland — received rules education.



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