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College Football in Coronavirus Quarantine: On this day in CFT history, including Jeremy Pruitt committing a minor NCAA violation for tweeting congratulations to his old his school team

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The sports world, including college football, had essentially screeched to a halt in the spring as countries around the world battled the coronavirus pandemic. As such, there was a dearth of college football news as the sport went into a COVID-induced hibernation.  Slowly, though, the game is coming back to life.  Hopefully.

That being said, we thought it might be fun to go back through the CollegeFootballTalk archives that stretch back to 2009 and take a peek at what transpired in the sport on this date.

So, without further ado — ok, one further ado — here’s what happened in college football on July 11, by way of our team of CFT writers both past and present.

(P.S.: If any of our readers have ideas on posts they’d like to read during this college football hiatus, leave your suggestions in the comments section.  Mailbag, maybe?)


THE HEADLINE: Jeremy Pruitt commits minor NCAA violation by tweeting congrats to old high school
THE SYNOPSIS: There’s asinine.  And then there’s the NCAA.  Don’t you just loathe love the inaneness that is The Association’s rulebook?


THE HEADLINE: Tim Tebow to be inducted into Florida’s Ring of Honor during LSU game this October
THE SYNOPSIS: The only surprise here is that it took Football Jesus nearly a decade to get in.  As for those who went in before him? Wilber MarshallEmmitt SmithSteve SpurrierDanny Wuerffel and Jack Youngblood.


THE HEADLINE: Oklahoma president: “I’m philosophically in favor of a 10-win Texas.”
THE SYNOPSIS: From David Boren, this is one of my all-time favorite college football quotes.  Boren did add, though, “we don’t want them to do it at our expense.”


THE HEADLINE: Jimbo Fisher bans FSU players from bars
THE SYNOPSIS: This was a direct result of two Florida State players — quarterback Deandre Johnson and running back Dalvin Cook — connected to assaults at two different bars.


THE HEADLINE: College football reacts to the Prodigal King’s return to Ohio
THE SYNOPSIS: Yes, Ohio State superfan LeBron James makes into a college football blog.  Again.


THE HEADLINE: Paterno family: JoePa ‘did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky’
THE SYNOPSIS: The jury is still out on that decidedly one-sided sentiment.

Texas A&M gets one-year probation, Jimbo Fisher six-month show-cause for two minor NCAA violations

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Texas A&M football has been slapped lightly by The Association.  Very, very lightly.

In releasing the results of the Committee on Infractions findings Thursday, the NCAA announced that “[t]he Texas A&M football program violated… recruiting and countable athletically related activity rules between January 2018 and February 2019.” The two violations “uncovered” by the NCAA?

The university, head coach and NCAA enforcement staff agreed that the head coach and an assistant coach had impermissible recruiting contact with a prospect at his high school. The conversation was impermissible because it occurred before the completion of the prospect’s junior year in high school.

Regarding the countable athletically related activity violations, during permissible weeks of spring and summer activity, the football program unintentionally caused student-athletes to exceed activity time limits by approximately seven hours.

According to the committee, head coach Jimbo Fisher “failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance because of his personal involvement in the recruiting violation.” Fisher was also accused of failing to monitor his coaching staff, which led to the allowable-hours violation.  As a result, Fisher was slapped with a six-month show-cause order by the NCAA.  Fisher had previously served a nine-day ban on phone calls/emails/texts with recruits in January of this year as well as a reduction in off-campus recruiting from December 2019-January 2020.  Fisher will also be banned from all off-campus recruiting activities throughout the fall contact period.

As part of the show-cause, Fisher is also required to issue a public statement addressing the NCAA violations.

Other penalties incurred by the Texas A&M football program include:

  • One year of probation.
  • A fine of $5,000.
  • A reduction in football official visits by 17 days during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • An off-campus recruiting ban for the entire football coaching staff for November 2019, which reduced the permissible evaluation days for the 2019-20 academic year by 19.
  • A seven-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 spring off-campus recruiting period and a 10-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 fall off-campus recruiting period.
  • The university ended its recruitment of the prospect.
  • A ban on recruiting any prospects from the prospect’s high school for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-222 academic years.
  • A six-month show-cause order for the assistant coach. The terms of the show-cause order include a previously served nine-day ban on phone calls, emails or texts with prospects in January 2020; a reduction in off-campus recruiting contact days by three for the December 2019 through January 2020 contact period; a ban on all off-campus recruiting activities for the fall 2020 contact period; and additional one-on-one rules education.