UVA football reports 32 infractions of 'impermissible contacts' with prospects

UVA football reports 32 infractions of 'impermissible contacts' with prospects

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - The University of Virginia Athletics Department self-reported nearly three dozen infractions of an NCAA bylaw involving "impermissible contacts" that resulted in several sanctions for the football team.

UVA says head football coach Bronco Mendenhall reported the contacts in May 2016 that occurred by members of his coaching staff.

"The violations involved assistant football coaches, after a brief greeting, engaging with prospects to take a photograph," UVA said in a news release.

The school says there were 32 violations in a two-week period.

In a statement, Mendenhall said:

I am disappointed these actions occurred during engagements with prospects and resulted in violations. It is incumbent upon everyone associated with our program to have a complete understanding of the NCAA bylaws and interpretations and it's my responsibility to ensure that happens. We have already taken steps with our compliance staff to improve our training and rules education to ensure we meet that standard. It is our goal to operate at the highest level of compliance to support the University and positively represent our students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and community.

The NCAA has imposed, and UVA has accepted, these sanctions:

  • Public reprimand and $5,000 fine
  • Self-imposed reduction from six to four off-campus contacts for those prospects with whom coaches took photographs
  • Self-imposed reduction of spring 2017 evaluations from 168 to 150
  • Self-imposed additional rules education for the football staff as to what is deemed an impermissible contact

"I believe we have established a positive culture of compliance regarding the NCAA bylaws and Coach Mendenhall's response, cooperation with the NCAA and steps to move forward following these violations confirms that commitment," said Virginia Athletics Director Craig Littlepage.

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