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Arkansas looking into possible violations

Posted on: December 14, 2010 11:35 am
Edited on: December 14, 2010 11:38 am
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Just when the NCAA decided to make an announcement regarding a violations-related rule change they made in September, wouldn't you know that a high-profile program is looking into some potential secondary violations.  Of course, because that is just the way these things go.  Arkansas is currently looking into the situation that led to a photo being taken of several Razorbacks prospects on their official visit this past weekend.  The photo could serve as hard evidence that the program is guilty of secondary recruiting violations.

NCAA bylaw 13.6.7.9 specifically stipulates schools “may not permit a prospective student-athlete to engage in any game-day simulations … during an official visit.” In addition, the bylaw says “personalized recruiting aids include any decorative items and special additions to any location the prospective student-athlete will visit (e.g. hotel room, locker room, coach’s office, conference room, arena) regardless of whether the items include the prospective student-athlete’s name or picture.”

As you can see by the photo, ten prospects are wearing Arkansas game jerseys in the locker room.  While it is not known if the ten jerseys are personalized, you can see the names of five prospects up above the lockers.  Arkansas reportedly received two verbal commitments from the official visits this weekend, linebacker Tyler Gilbert and safety/linebacker Rohan Gaines.  Gilbert can be seen in the photo wearing #56 and T. Gilbert is posted on the locker behind him.

If Arkansas does determine that NCAA rules were broken, the violations would be secondary and not effect the eligibility of the player.  But thanks to the new provisions regarding secondary violations, coaches are now held personally accountable - and could face suspension.  According to the NCAA report, the suspension could be "one or more" games, but it all depends on the circumstance.  Head coach Bobby Petrino, recently awarded with a lucrative new deal from Arkansas, is likely not worried about being docked one game's worth of pay - if it even comes to that.  (Photo credit: Arkansas News Bureau)
Comments

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

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Since: Dec 21, 2010
Posted on: December 21, 2010 5:09 pm
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

Give it a rest. You can see it's just a photo Op.



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:02 am
 

Cheating Again

petrino--cheating?  Surely you can't be serious!



Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: December 15, 2010 8:41 am
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

C'mon Arkansas, if you're gonna cheat, at least do it right!  Fill a briefcase full of untraceable cash and deposit into the collection plate at your local corner front church for distribution to all affected parties by Rev. Paperchase.  That way you have plausible deniability for your players and you get to keep all your ill-gotten gains, at least for a few years.



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: December 15, 2010 8:24 am
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

Did we Give any of there moms free rent or pay there dad money to come to our school? Well hell i reckon were in the deep doo doo now



Since: Apr 14, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 10:46 pm
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

NitroBuck, So you are saying this is not a photo opp, but a game day situation? Dude get real. Everyone does this. We got "Batman" Carroll to come to Arkansas by having the Batmobile there for his visit. If you think its simulating a game day situation then thats your opinion. I'm free to have my opinion that this is a photo opp, can't you see them posing for the damn picture.



Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 8:20 pm
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

Death Sentence! 



Since: Sep 6, 2009
Posted on: December 14, 2010 4:23 pm
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

I like that.  Pretty funny.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 14, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

Razor4life:  C'mon Man!  This isn't about photo ops.  This is a minor violation because someone tricked out the locker room with the recruits' names on the lockers.  There have been rules against this type of recruiting tactic for many years.  Arkansas got caught red handed.

That said, this is really no big deal, and Arkansas is proactively handling the situation in an appropriate manner.  Nobody needs to get their panties in a wad over this.




Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 14, 2010 3:46 pm
 

Arkansas looking into possible violations

Their fathers told them to put the jerseys on and stand in front of the lockers .  They had no idea what was going on.  There, no violation now.



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