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WVU athletics placed on two years NCAA probation

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West Virginia University athletics have been placed on two-year probation by the NCAA after an infraction report showed coaches in 14 varsity sports at the institution were found to be sending impressible texts and placing impermissible calls to prospects and parents.

The violations, which occurred during a period stretching from June 2010 through February 2013, were found to be mainly involving the gymnastics, football, women’s basketball and women’s soccer programs in the report.

The NCAA stated the probation for West Virginia will last from today, February 18, 2015, through February 17, 2017 with a one-year show-cause order for one assistant coach with the gymnastics program from today through February 17, 2016. The assistant coach also will not be able to recruit 30 days prior to the 2015 spring Signing Day, and must attend an NCAA regional rules seminar.

Here’s what West Virginia Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said in a statement regarding the probation Wednesday:

“While I am disappointed with today’s NCAA report, I do take note that our department found the infractions, self-reported them and worked with the NCAA in full cooperation to address and correct the issues. I am confident that the department has taken the necessary steps to correct its compliance and recruiting software program, re-educate the staff on updated NCAA changes on the rules surrounding text messages and phone calls and fulfilled our obligations to the NCAA concerning the situation long before I started as athletic director back on Feb. 2.

“I was aware of this issue when I interviewed for the job, and it did not deter my confidence at all in West Virginia University. We are and always will be committed to the legislation policies of the NCAA. Moving forward, I expect our department to continue its strong dedication to NCAA compliance.”

West Virginia self-imposed penalties for their athletics programs with a reduction of telephone calls in all 14 sports involved in the infraction report in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 academic years, reduction in off-campus recruiting for football, women’s soccer, women’s basketball and men’s basketball and official visit restrictions for the women’s soccer program.

Football also will have a reduction of one scholarship in the 2013-2014 academic year.

You can find the whole report by the NCAA here.



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