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Baylor will face no further punishment from NCAA

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer
Baylor and the NCAA jointly announced Wednesday afternoon that the self-imposed punishments for its men's and women's basketball teams were sufficient enough to eliminate further action from the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.

The programs were identified in an initial ESPN.com report Monday that detailed illegal contact made toward recruits in recent years. The NCAA began its investigation into Baylor in 2008. Only this week did that investigation become widely known to the public.
Baylor's punishments include a loss of a few scholarship, a reduction on official on-campus visits, and Scott Drew, above, must sit out for the first two Big 12 games next season. (AP)
And now the case is closed. The self-inflicted wounds Baylor gave itself last fall for both its basketball programs will be the only harm related to this case going forward. Those punishments include some docking of scholarships, losing some official visits and already-paid punishments of assistants not being able to recruit on the road. You can read a recap of the violations and Baylor's actions here.

The two new bits of punishment/information we've learned from the release: both programs will be on three years' probation, lasting until April 10, 2015; and Scott Drew will sit out the first two conference games next season.

"Although this case took more than three years to complete, it was resolved without a hearing," according to Baylor's statement. "NCAA Enforcement Procedures allow a summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where all involved parties (the institution, involved individuals and NCAA Enforcement staff) agree to all facts and submit a written report to the Committee on Infractions."

So that's that. No appeal coming, obviously, since Baylor instituted its own punishments. All parties involved will swiftly move forward.

“We are grateful that this matter has been resolved, and that the NCAA Committee on Infractions has agreed to the facts of this case as reported in the joint summary disposition,” Baylor president Ken Starr said in a statement. “While mistakes sometimes happen, it is important that we acknowledge our errors and respond to them in a manner that is open and honest, and that we strictly adhere to NCAA rules.”

Per the NCAA, the COI culled nearly 900,000 texts and phone calls. Of that? There were 738 text messages and 528 phone calls "deemed impermissible." A majority of the infractions related to former Baylor assistant Mark Morefield, who was removed from the men's staff last summer -- that's also why no further punishment is being handed down.

"I came to Baylor in 2003 to do a job: rebuild a program decimated by very serious NCAA rules violations and tragedy," Baylor men's coach Scott Drew said in a statement. "I promised to rebuild the program in a way Baylor could be proud -- morally, academically and, finally, athletically, and we continue on that journey today. The men's basketball program wholeheartedly cooperated with this investigation. ... As head coach, I take full responsibility for these mistakes and am disappointed that we have failed to uphold both the NCAA's and Baylor's expectations of documenting phone calls and recruiting communications."

Baylor's men's basketball team has made the Elite Eight two times in the past three seasons; the women went 40-0 this year and won the national title.
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