The Utah Utes men’s basketball program has received a two-year probation sentence for what an NCAA committee called impermissible recruiting activities. Head Coach Larry Krystkowiak violated responsibility rules according to the NCAA. The incidents seem fairly isolated, but the NCAA has cracked down quite a bit since the college basketball investigation broke headlines last year.
Utah’s basketball program has received two years probation for impermissible recruiting activities, per the NCAA. https://t.co/FUgyjfWHgQ
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These violations occurred over a seven day period in April of 2018. The two incidents involved an assistant head coach visiting a recruit and evaluating him at a community college and the full coaching staff visiting a recruit at his high school during the quiet period. These were the only two violations that the committee reported when announcing the probation. This seems to be a minor set of violations, but the NCAA isn’t taking chances at the moment.
These violations are considered to be Level Three by the NCAA which aren’t as serious as the violations that some programs could be facing because of the college basketball scandal. The University and basketball program will still be slightly handicapped for the next two years.
The following measures are directly from the NCAA report on the Utah Utes’ Violations:
- Two years of probation.
- A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
- Recruiting restrictions, including:
- A prohibition of all four countable men’s basketball coaches from off-campus recruiting for a five-day period from July 11-15, 2018 (self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction of men’s basketball in-person recruiting days from 130 to 113 for the 2018-19 academic year (self-imposed by the university).
- A three-week ban on men’s basketball unofficial visits and complimentary admissions beginning Nov. 2, 2018 (self-imposed by the university).
- A reduction in the number of men’s basketball official visits by two in 2018-19, representing an 8% reduction in visits, based on the four-year average (self-imposed by the university).
- A one-year show-cause order for the associate head coach. The terms of the show-cause include:
- A one-week suspension for the associate head coach from Nov. 13-19, 2018 (self-imposed by the university).
- Required attendance at a 2019 Regional Rules Seminar (self-imposed by the university).
- A prohibition of off-campus recruiting activities during July 2019.
- A one-year disassociation of the community college head coach.
- A prohibition from men’s basketball coaches from the community college participating in any official or unofficial visits on the Utah campus for one year. Further for one year, Utah will not recruit any prospects from the community college (self-imposed by the university).
- Attendance at an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar by the two assistant men’s basketball coaches (self-imposed by the university).