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Impermissible phone calls have Iowa State facing ‘major infractions case’

Paul Rhoads AP

Notice the quotations in the headline.

According to the Ames Tribune, an Iowa State internal investigation uncovered “three years’ worth of impermissible phone calls and text messages” to recruits that, by NCAA standards, constitutes a major infractions case. The investigation goes beyond just football, but relevant names mentioned — at least as far as we’re concerned — include current ISU assistants Shane Burnham and Bill Bleil, as well as former assistants Bobby Elliott, now at Notre Dame, and Luke Wells, now at Utah State. All could be subject to a NCAA show-cause penalty.

As the Tribune notes, a core of the violations stem from coaches failing to properly record phone calls/messages to recruits who did not answer. However, the more serious part is that ISU didn’t properly educate its athletic staff on recording no-contact calls after October, 2009. That could result in a failure to monitor charge and that’s really what makes this a “major” infractions case.

(The Tribune also breaks down the violations if you’d like to see them HERE)

“The athletics department failed to adequately monitor its sports programs and educate its coaches regarding telephone communication with prospective student-athletes,” the summary deposition reads. Iowa State is seeking a two-year probation period as its sanction. That period began in November, 2011, and ends this year.

It’s tough to tell what Iowa State could face regarding its failure to adequately monitor its programs, but recall that the NCAA approved numerous recruiting deregulation rules this past January. One of those rules included lifting restrictions on the number of phone calls/text messages a recruiter could place to a prospect. However, that rule was tabled last month and is currently not in line to become effective this August.

If nothing else, this comes at an interesting time because of the NCAA’s future intentions and its current rulebook — especially with the NCAA redoing its penalty structure.

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11 Responses to “Impermissible phone calls have Iowa State facing ‘major infractions case’”
  1. mhalt99 says: Apr 11, 2013 1:38 PM

    hahahaha…..major infractions case for phone calls vs hookers at miami and a lying cheating scumbag of the year DEE DEE……..dumb dumb Paul rotting in hell Dee

  2. mogogo1 says: Apr 11, 2013 2:11 PM

    This is so serious, the NCAA was forced to both payoff the chief witness and offer him a job. (In more minor cases, policy dictates it be just one or the other.)

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 11, 2013 3:02 PM

    This is another one of the stupid rules in the 1200 pages of regulations of the NCAA?

    Not registering phone calls for which there is no answer is a major NCAA violation? This is insane. A major violation.

    Let’s see…this morning I made three telephone calls for which there was no answer. I did not record those calls. I made another call in which a voice mail answered and I left my telephone number, but I know this vendor will not hear the voice mail before I need him to respond, so I will call him back in another hour. I would be in MAJOR violation of the NCAA rules?

    The NCAA is insane. Arbitrary and capricious. NO accountability. Insane.

  4. gamustangdude says: Apr 11, 2013 3:05 PM

    If this was a SEC story there would be 20+ comments by now. shame shame shame

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Apr 11, 2013 5:07 PM


    You are correct, but you are being kind. There would be 20+ comments, most by “hate on the SEC” or “make this an SEC violation” story.

    This is just another case where the NCAA has proven beyond a shadow of doubt, their regulations are not sound, and they are not operating with a sound mind.

  6. uschawk says: Apr 11, 2013 8:03 PM

    This reminds me of the Jerry Tarkanian quote that the NCAA was so mad at Kentucky that they gave Cleveland State two more years of probation.

    Seriously though the NCAA is the worst.

  7. ironman721 says: Apr 11, 2013 8:12 PM

    Standard $60million fine and a 4 year bowl ban until the NCAA screws up the investigation. I hope the Iowa governor sues.

  8. parkcityute says: Apr 11, 2013 11:12 PM


    Don’t keep calling back, the NCAA will penalize you for no answer and call it a major infraction. I think what is fractured is their heads.


    Thank you for reminding me of Jerry. I loved Jerry as a man and as a coach. Thank you.

    This is beyond stupid. I wondered what the NCAA filled the 1200 plus pages of regulations with, now I don’t wonder…obvious stupidity like this. This is sad.

  9. clemsonstillsucks says: Apr 12, 2013 12:40 AM

    Wait a minute – if I were to hypothetically say out loud “the NCAA sucks and Emmert is a POS”…and they don’t hear me…does that count as a missed call?

    And where do I log it? In the book or the toilet?

    Further – do the calls that weren’t made regarding Sandusky’s child molestation over the years count as missed calls as well?

  10. tigersgeaux says: Apr 12, 2013 8:30 AM


    Thank you for the levity. I just wonder if next time Emmert holds a press conference, which he appears to love to do, if the press just would start chuckling at him no matter what he says…maybe somehow the NCAA would get the message that they have become ludicrous.

    They have become so ridiculous that it is laughable, just as you posted.

  11. Bo Darville says: Apr 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    They’ll give Iowa State the death penalty to prove they are on top of things and show Alabama, Ohio State, and Miami they are boss.

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