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Arkansas looking into potential recruiting violation

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There’s some potentially not-so-great news coming out of Fayetteville, the result and extent of which is still to be determined.

According to a report from Arkansasnews.com, the Razorbacks program might be self-reporting some secondary violations in the near future. A group of recruits on an official visit over the weekend were seen in a photograph wearing Arkansas home jerseys and standing in front of a set of lockers with personalized name plates. While the act may seem hardly noteworthy on the surface, NCAA bylaws state that a school “may not permit a prospective student-athlete to engage in any game-day simulations … during an official visit.”

More specifically …

“Personalized recruiting aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit (e.g. hotel room, locker room, coach’s office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether the items include the prospective student-athlete’s name or picture.”

It’s unknown as to whether the jerseys had the recruits’ names on the back, but given the latter specification, it doesn’t appear to matter; simulating any kind of game day atmosphere is considered an infraction. If nothing else, five of the players’ names are seen on the  name plates in the photo, potentially constituting a secondary violation within itself.

Arkansas officials have stated that they are looking into the situation and, if there is indeed a violation, will report it to the NCAA.

The article also notes that, according to a separate USA Today report, coaches who commit a secondary recruiting violation could be suspended by the NCAA for one or more games. The suspension “isn’t automatic” and depends on the details of the infraction — which range from exceeding the NCAA time limit on phone calls to a recruit, to *ahem* paying money to a recruit

Yeah …

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11 Responses to “Arkansas looking into potential recruiting violation”
  1. Slim Charles says: Dec 14, 2010 11:00 PM

    yawn

  2. Deb says: Dec 14, 2010 11:00 PM

    Why certainly, these people must be punished! The NCAA is much too honest to put up with anything as egregious as a bunch of high school kids having their photos taken in Arkansas jerseys. And good grief, in front of personalized name plates! Good heavens, Bobby Petrino should be suspended for the entire 2011 season! Next thing you know, these schools will think they can get away with talking to recruits longer than their allotted time limits!!

    Give people an inch and they take a mile, that’s the problem. Just because you excuse one God-fearing family for trying to make a small, six-figure profit on their son’s talents 16 months ahead of his inevitable multi-million-dollar NFL windfall … this is what happens. Why those poor people were trying to help their church (Hallelujah! Amen!). It’s not like they were acting out of demon greed, no sir!

    And just because they were negotiating with one school and the young man suddenly, inexplicably committed to another … who’s to say anyone connected to the other school made an offer he couldn’t refuse? Even if someone did … it’s a church. Not like taking photographs of kids in, Lord help us, game jerseys. Or talking to recruits longer than your allotted minutes. Now those are violations worthy of our time and attention.

    We here at the NCAA take our roles as moral authorities very seriously.

  3. cowboys4life says: Dec 14, 2010 11:14 PM

    @ Deb

    I couldn’t agree more!!!!!

    If the NCAA punishes Petrino for this, NCAA will have lost all credibility. I’m sure they will lose a scholarship or two. Kids taking pictures in Jersey’s is alot worse than a minister selling his sons talents to remodel his church….Ole Cecil

  4. tryagainplease says: Dec 14, 2010 11:25 PM

    we’re totally getting the death penalty.

  5. aetherthe says: Dec 15, 2010 2:51 PM

    @Deb and @cowboys4life:

    It doesn’t matter at all what we think of the NCAA’s rules on recruiting. The fact is that the rules exist and one of them happens to be quoted above in Ben’s article. If Arkansas broke that rule, then they have committed a violation, plain and simple.

    There are plenty of folks out there that think that laws barring the smoking of marijuana or prostitution are ridiculous; but, the fact remains that if you are caught with pot or a hooker you’re going to jail. They can crow all day and night about the government’s moral superiority, but they’ll be doing it from behind iron bars.

    If you don’t like it, then do something about it.

  6. Deb says: Dec 15, 2010 5:02 PM

    @aetherthe …

    Baby, this is a football blog. The purpose of a football blog is for football fans to come on and comment on football. I don’t like it, so I am doing something about it: I’m commenting on a football blog. If you don’t like that, find something else to peruse.

    This also happens to be a well-read college football blog. So the more people who come here and talk about the corruption of the NCAA and the inconsistency of its rulings, the more likely someone with the power to make substantive change–like the Department of Justice–will decide to intervene. The DoJ already is considering a move on the BCS. Yes, Arkansas has to act within the rules, just as Auburn does. But if Auburn can be exonerated for what circumstantially appears to be an egregious violation after only a cursory investigation, the NCAA has to expect people to be disgusted by threats to punish Arkansas for an incidental violation.

    A lot of people talking and posting complaints to blogs and signing petitions is what got an attempt to legalize marijuana on November’s ballot in California. It failed, but now we know that nearly half the population in California favors legalization. So blogging is a way to get things done. But even if it weren’t, I’d post anyway because I will do as I darn well please.

    Have a swell day 8)

  7. cowboys4life says: Dec 15, 2010 9:13 PM

    @aetherthe

    You’ve lost all speaking privileges

  8. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 15, 2010 10:39 PM

    and we thank you, Deb. Just as we thank everyone.

    Except edgy. He skews our numbers. ;)

  9. Deb says: Dec 16, 2010 12:03 AM

    Thank you, Ben! If PFT is my main course, that means you guys get to be dessert :)

  10. Ben Kercheval says: Dec 16, 2010 8:22 PM

    I’m not sure if I should be flattered or disturbed …

  11. Deb says: Dec 16, 2010 11:38 PM

    ROFL … it was intended to be flattering.

    One of the Tide faithful but wild about the NFL. So spend more time at PFT … but enjoy CFT more. Like dessert, this place makes me smile. As I told JT, they’re a pair of heels that pinch and this is going barefoot ;)

    Make sense?

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