- Hillary Clinton dogged for refusing reporters’ questions on book tour
- EPA tweet baffles: ‘I’m now a C-List celebrity in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’ iPhone game
- Australian P.M. Abbott: MH17 evidence tampered with on ‘industrial scale’
- Rep. Luis Gutierrez tells Hispanics to vote and ‘punish those’ who oppose amnesty
- Country singer Tim McGraw not sorry for slapping female fan: ‘Things happen’
- Iraq vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks
- White House takes credit for drop in unaccompanied children at border
- International crises be damned, Obama’s fundraising trip must go on
- Friend of bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev found guilty of impeding probe
- Train with MH17 plane crash bodies leaves rebel town in Ukraine
NCAA accepts SMU penalties in texting case
Question of the Day
DALLAS (AP) - The NCAA on Thursday accepted SMU's self-imposed two years of probation and recruiting restrictions for the men's basketball team after staff sent approximately 100 impermissible text messages to the parents of at least seven prospects.
The school said it received "erroneous advice from the former director of compliance, who advised that the staff could send text messages to parents but not prospects."
While the infractions are considered "major violations," the NCAA said the program did not knowingly circumvent the rules and commended coach Matt Doherty for keeping "up to date on rules education, which led him to discover the recruiting violations."
The texts were sent over a two-year period, from 2007-09, and were limited to only SMU's men's basketball team.
"SMU is committed to full compliance with NCAA regulations and has taken corrective action," athletic director Steve Orsini said. "We have made changes to our compliance staff and are increasing the number of staff members in view of the fact that technology is adding new dimensions to the compliance environment."
Orsini said the school has expanded educational programs to keep coaches and staff up to date on NCAA regulations, and instituted a state-of-the-art system for monitoring text messaging.
In addition to the probation, the NCAA also accepted SMU's proposal to reduce the number of days the men's basketball staff can recruit in person and the number of official paid visits available to the program. SMU already last year implemented a two-week ban on initiating communication with recruits, and all SMU coaches attended the NCAA regional rules seminar last summer.
SMU is known for having the only football team ever given the NCAA death penalty after being cited for paying players and violating numerous rules. The program was not allowed to play in 1987 and the school then decided not to field a team in 1988 before returning the following season.
U.S. appetite for drugs begets violence migrants are fleeing
- IRS seeks help destroying another 3,200 computer hard drives
- Jewish woman booted from JetBlue flight over fight with Palestinian
- YOUNG: A sinking presidency, deeper after November?
- PRUDEN: A deadly enemy within exacerbating immigration crisis
- Edward Snowden to work with Russia on anti-spy technology
- MERRY: Handicaps in Hillary's way
- U.S. scrambles as violence escalates in Israel-Hamas conflict
- Humanists seek support from Congress on military chaplains
- Rep. Jared Polis' anti-fracking crusade riles Colorado
- Big milestone for Britain's little prince
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq