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    Former SHSU Tennis Coach Found to Violated NCAA Rules; SHSU Penalized

    The former Sam Houston State head women’s tennis coach failed to promote an atmosphere of NCAA rules compliance when he knowingly engaged in impermissible recruiting contact and was involved in giving $1,167 in benefits to a student-athlete before and after she enrolled at the university, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

    This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort in which the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, university and participating parties must agree to the facts and overall level of the case to use this process instead of a formal hearing.

    The former coach communicated with a transfer student-athlete before she was given a written release from her previous school providing the coach with permission to contact her. During Facebook conversations, the former coach and transfer student-athlete discussed test scores, admission to Sam Houston State and her financial situation. He knew she needed to get a written release from her school to have recruiting contact, so the former coach repeatedly reminded her to do so during their conversations. He also directed two student-athletes to impermissibly reach out to four women’s tennis prospects on Facebook and Skype.

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    Public reprimand and censure for the university.
    A three-year show-cause period for the former head coach from June 20, 2017, through June 19, 2020.
    A prohibition of the women’s tennis staff from engaging in recruiting communications with prospects and their families for two consecutive weeks during the spring 2018 semester.
    A two-year disassociation of the booster. Details of the disassociation can be found in the public report.
    A reduction in the number of women’s tennis scholarships by one during the 2016-17 year (self-imposed by the university).
    A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).

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