AUBURN – The Auburn athletic department released documents pertaining to its secondary NCAA violations during the 2012-13 fiscal year (July 2012-June 2013). The 16 violation over 18 pages of documents are heavily redacted, making it impossible to discern in which sport any of the violations took place.
On page 1: A violation on April 22, 2013 states an academic counselor directly contacted a sophomore prospective student-athlete, which was premature contact. The report of the incident is believed to be from Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs on Aug 8, 2013, though his name is also blacked out. Because no coaching staff members were involved, Auburn requested to be absolved on any punishment. The page is so heavily redacted it is impossible to tell if the sport in question was even a men’s or women’s sport.
On page 2: A violation pertaining to early contact with a prospective student-athlete who was a sophomore in high school. The only thing clear on this page is the violation did not occur in football or basketball; as it states the athlete “competes in an event not offered by Auburn.”
On page 3: A letter from Jay Jacobs, though his name is redacted, to SEC commissioner Mike Slive dated Sept. 20, 2012 detailing a violation pertaining to recruiting. The letter details a June 2012 meeting between a former Auburn athlete or staff member, the sport is unclear, and two prospective student-athletes was setup by an assistant coach. The unspecified coach was removed from off-campus recruiting from Sept. 20 – Dec. 19, 2012 and barred from making recruiting phone calls from Oct. 23 – Nov. 23. Though the names and sport are redacted, it is possible this is a football violation. Former football assistants Curtis Luper and Trooper Taylor were investigated by the NCAA and taken off the road from recruiting last season.
On page 4: A letter from Jay Jacobs, those once again his name is redacted, to SEC commissioner Slive dated Sept. 21, 2012 details a violation during an unofficial visit of a recruit on Aug. 4, 2012. During the recruit’s unofficial visit, the head coach of an unspecified sports showed a PowerPoint presentation which was not approved by the compliance department and featured a photo of the recruit, which is a violation. The recruit took a picture of the presentation, which was put together by a non-coaching staff member, and posted it on their Twitter account. A “letter of admonishment” was sent to unnamed persons and they could not provide recruiting materials for 60 days. Additionally, the unnamed persons were in-person contact with the recruit for 30 days, and phone calls for 60 days.
On page 5: An Nov. 12, 2012 violation related to a coach placing two phone calls to a recruit during a period in which only one call is permissible. The report states the recruit signed a National Letter of Intent with Auburn on Nov. 15, 2012, meaning they are not a football player as football does not have a signing period at that time.
On pages 6-7: This violation details 13 impermissible phone calls made to two recruits, though the sport is unclear. The recruits were transfers from a two-year and four-year program and there were call limits during the periods in question. The athletes committed to Auburn shortly after the violations, one signed a financial aid agreement on May 8 and the other signed and SEC financial aid agreement on April 18.
On page 8: A violation from Aug. 24, 2012. A student manager in an unspecified sport tweeted to announce a recruit was making an official visit. The tweet is a violation. The tweet was removed and the manager took part in additional educational sessions with the compliance department.
On pages 9-10: On Jan. 30, 2012, a recruit and their mother were flown on the private plane of a family friend, who is also the parent of a current athlete, though it’s unclear if it’s at Auburn. Once aware of the travel violation, the Auburn staff of an unspecified sport notified the compliance department and the recruit and their mother were driven home. The recruit was not offered an NLI or financial aid agreement.
On page 11: On Nov. 26, 2012, a recruit from the class of 2015 in an unknown sport contacted an assistant coach of the unspecified sport. The unknown coach responded directly, which is a violation, rather than contacting the prospect’s coach. The self-reported violation resulted in Auburn not being permitted to send recruiting materials to this recruit for 60 days after initially allowed, in this case Nov. 1, 2013.
On page 12: On Aug. 3, 2012, three practice players for an unknown sport received preseason practice room and board. Each received $701 for room and board expenses and they cashed their checks. It’s unclear if they repaid the university, though the report says “no indication of such reinstatement is necessary” for NCAA competition.
On page 13: On Aug. 30, 2012, a member of the media relations staff returned a call to an unknown phone number because they were expecting DirecTV or Goodwill to stop at their home. They inadvertently called the father of a high school sophomore, who initially called the Auburn staff member. The call lasted two minutes and the violation was self-reported.
On page 14: On Nov. 7, 2012, a female assistant coach of an unknown sport exchanged texts with an athlete at another university, where she previously served as a graduate assistant. The exchange was a violation because the athlete was no longer on the team at their school and had not signed an NLI or financial aid agreement. The texts were deleted but self-reported by the assistant coach.
On page 15: On Jan. 18, 2013, during a visit at a prospect’s high school, an assistant coach had unplanned contact with the prospect, a junior, before practice. The violation was not self-reported because the assistant coach believed it was not a violation. The violation was reported through EthicsPoint.com. The assistant was barred from off-campus recruiting for 30 days beginning March 11, 2013 and in-person contact with this recruit is not allowed until 30 days after first permissible.
On page 16: On Oct. 6, 2012, a head coach called a recruit twice during the same week during a period in which only one call per week is allowed. The coach was barred from making recruiting calls for 14 days beginning Feb. 22, 2013.
On Page 17: During early Aug. 2012 an assistant coach placed four impermissible phone calls to three recruits because they were unaware the recruiting calender changed. Two of the recruits singed with other institutions for 2013.
On page 18: On Oct. 6, 2012, a miscommunication between two athletes while hosting a recruit led to them both receiving a $6 recruiting meal. Only one should have received the free meal. The second player in the unknown sport made a $10 donation to the American Red Cross as a means of restitution and was reinstated.