Maryland self reports minor NCAA violations

Rules on texting and calling recruits are evolving

April 25, 2013|By Jeff Barker | The Baltimore Sun

Maryland has self-reported a series  of secondary violations to the NCAA. The violations involve a number of teams, including football, women’s basketball and men’s soccer, but are not  considered serious, according to an official with knowledge of the infractions.

Most, if not all, of the violations involved calls or texts to recruits. In some cases, the official said, a coach returned a call or text not knowing they were contacting an unsigned recruit.

The rules governing such communications have been evolving.

The Division I Board of Directors favors eliminating the old rules setting limits on how often recruits can be contacted by calling or texting.  The board plans to consider the issue again at its May 2 meeting.

Those rules are at the heart of many secondary violations at schools around  the nation, including Maryland.

Nine Maryland secondary violations involved football since March 2012, and there were 19 secondary violations overall, according to  open-records documents obtained by the Washington Post.

In 2011,  Maryland's football program was docked practice time for secondary violations that occurred under former coach Ralph Friedgen. The Terps violated NCAA rules by exceeding practice-time limits during the 2010 season and allowing graduate assistants and interns to monitor summer workouts.

The latest secondary violations are not considered serious enough to warrant the loss of scholarships or practice time, the official said, although there may be temporary restrictions placed on contact with certain recruits.
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