The NCAA is seriously cracking down. College athletic departments must be cautious of the stiff regulations in place, or else suffer the consequences.
For using confetti in a photo shoot.
That was the most outlandish of the 13 secondary violations the Clemson football program reported to the NCAA during the 2018-19 academic year. According to a summary of the violations the athletic department released Wednesday, the most egregious offenses were promotional tweets and overpriced housework.
Jan 7, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship trophy on the podium after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
In addition to the 13 football violations, Clemson filed nine infractions for other sports, including men’s basketball, track & field, volleyball, rowing, women’s tennis, men’s tennis and men’s soccer.
The names of the violators and the dates of the violations were redacted from the summary report.
Players accounted for three of the football violations. They included a homeowner paying a player above the market rate for housework on three occasions. Two violations involved players using their name, image or likeness to promote an event or product on social media.
School and football staff members committed seven infractions. They included:
- Utilizing confetti during a photo shoot during a recruit’s official visit
- Reimbursing an athlete for ground transportation expenses above the school’s mileage rate
- Publicizing the signing of a football recruit before he signed with Clemson
- Impermissibly mailing a questionnaire to 221 prospects
- Sending electronic correspondence to a recruit before a permitted contact window
- Providing a meal and per diem for players for the same meal
- Posting a photo and live updates of players engaging in voluntary football activities on social media
- Allowing two high school coaches to stay at a student worker’s home while they attended a coaching clinic on Clemson’s campus
- Providing special seating for a recruit and his high school coaches for an intrasquad scrimmage
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Clemson also reported that a “nonscholastic sport team took an unofficial visit to Clemson’s campus after they had reported on call for travel to a competition in another state.”
The men’s basketball program reported two violations:
- A player promoted the sale of apparel that included his name on social media
- An event company using images and likenesses of two players in a commercial promotion
The volleyball program reported two violations:
- Impermissible electronic correspondence to two recruits after unofficial visits
- Two players received discounts for tanning services based on their “athletic reputation”
The women’s tennis program misplaced a player’s photo on the staff section of its camp website and included a recruit’s photo. The men’s tennis coaching staff provided a dine-in meal for a recruit en route to the airport, but it was too far outside of the permissible radius from campus.
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An assistant rowing coach sent an electronic correspondence to a recruit before the permitted contact window. On two occasions, track & field coaches required “supplemental lifts” for the team after competition, which the NCAA prohibits. A men’s soccer staff member provided transportation to a recruit during an official visit.
According to information published by the NCAA, penalties are levied for 95 percent of all secondary violations and 99 percent of all secondary violations that involve recruiting. In 2017, the NCAA collected $216,500 from Division I programs for secondary violations. That money was placed into the Student Assistance Fund, which is dispersed back to the schools to help players cover non-sports costs.