U.Va. men's basketball
cited for violations
National Collegiate Athletic Association
(NCAA) announced Oct. 5 that the University of Virginia has been
reprimanded for several secondary violations involving the men's
acknowledge that serious mistakes were made and that the responsibility
for those mistakes rests, not merely with our former basketball
coaches, but with officials at all levels of the Department
of Athletics, myself included," Athletics Director M.
Terry Holland wrote to the NCAA enforcement staff Oct. 1.
are pleased that the committee on infractions agreed that the
violations that occurred . . . did not result from an effort to
obtain an unfair competitive advantage," he said. "We
have learned the lesson that vigilance, even over those who act
with honorable intentions, is vital" in operating an athletics
program fairly and in compliance with NCAA rules.
actions leading to NCAA violations took place between Sept. 1,
1995 and April 5, 1997.
imposed by the NCAA's infractions committee include the loss of
a grant-in-aid in one of the next two years, fewer official visits
to the University this year by prospective student-athletes, warnings
to several "representatives of the University's athletics
interests," and more rigorous rules education for boosters
and Athletics Department staff.
this is a very serious case, it should be classified as secondary,"
a member of the NCAA enforcement staff wrote to Holland Sept.
2, noting that the more serious violations were isolated to one
prospective student-athlete and resulted in only limited recruiting
advantage because they occurred after the prospect had signed
letters of intent with the University.
Violations cited by the infractions committee include improper
housing arrangements, improper access to the team's locker facilities,
improper benefits provided by representatives of the University's
athletics interests and failure by the University to monitor recruitment
of the individual after he had signed letters of intent to assure
compliance with NCAA regulations.
In addition, as the result of an internal University inquiry in
1998, U.Va. self-reported two other violations: improper contacts
between a booster and four prospective student-athletes and the
improper loan to three prospective athletes of workout clothes
for pick-up basketball games that they were not required to return.
Since last spring, Holland and the University's associate athletics
director for compliance, Lynn M. Mitchell, have taken steps to
assure that such violations will not occur again, Holland said.
Written policies have been issued that detail the requirements
for complying with rules governing official and unofficial visits,
housing and employment arrangements and the use of facilities
In addition, Holland has notified the coaching staff of a series
of progressively severe sanctions he will impose for involvement
in future secondary violations. These include ineligibility for
pay increases for repeat violations and the loss of an athletic
scholarship for a third or later violation.
shall do our very best to avoid any repetition of the current,
or any similar situation," Holland said.