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53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2011 1:53 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The number that really jumps off the page in this Inside Higher Education report on major NCAA violations is this one:
The review finds that 53 of the 120 universities in the NCAA’s top competitive level, the Football Bowl Subdivision, were found by the NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions to have committed major rules violations from 2001 to 2010. That number appears to have held largely constant from the previous two decades, but the 2000s show that the number of colleges that committed serious violations of the association’s academic rules nearly doubled, to 15 from 8 in the 1990s.
For all the NCAA crackdowns, burgeoning compliance departments, and ever-expanding regulations and rules, "serious violations" are as prevalent in major college sports as ever.

That's the depressing news. But as the bulk of the report endeavors to show that there's positive news, too: violations involving widespread academic fraud and pay-for-play transgressions are down, replaced in the numbers by problems like excessive phone contact. (It's also worth noting that the "53" number includes allegations across all athletics programs, not just football.)

The problem, as noted by former Committee on Infraction member Gene Marsh, is that that increased compliance is coming at a cost:
“We’re admitting more people who really don't belong there, and spending millions on academic support to keep them there,” [Marsh] said ... And while most sports officials remain “focused on educational progress for students for their own sake,” the potential penalties for colleges whose athletes don’t succeed academically “means you’re going to get more people getting cute, more professors who lose their will and their ethics.”
When observers of college football discuss the increasing financial gap between the sport's haves and have-nots, it's typically in terms of coaching salaries, new facilities, recruiting budgets, etc. But the gap is just as wide -- and maybe wider -- when it comes to compliance and academic performance. The teams at the bottom of FBS often don't have the millions to spend on "academic support to keep them there"--a major reason many of the teams that have gotten dinged by the APR have been on the lower rungs of D-I.

For the time being, despite the (Jerry Tarkanian- espoused ) conventional wisdom that the NCAA hammers smaller programs while looking the other way on the violations of larger ones, the upper echelons of college athletics were found guilty just as often as the lower ones during the Aughts. ("More universities in the Big Ten Conference [eight] were punished for major violations than in any other league," the report notes.) But with compliance coming at a steeper and steeper cost and the APR-induced punishment for academic failings growing steeper and steeper, it will be worth watching to see if this decade is defined by a brighter and brighter NCAA spotlight on the programs that won't be able to afford to stay out of it.


Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:34 am

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

Skreft, how exactly is LSU at the top of collegiate athletics?
Someone needs a TV...

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: February 9, 2011 10:36 am

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

Skreft, how exactly is LSU at the top of collegiate athletics?

Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 5:55 pm

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

Seems like every time something bad or a rotten story comes up in college athletics the Tarks name comes up. THAT was one of the epic battles through the years, between Tarkanian and the N.C.A.A. I'm sure that the N.C.A.A. was over zealous in it's pursuit of Tarkanian, and I have little doubt that the Shark did some very questionable moves during his long coaching tenures. Well no one can take away his dominating championship team that simply pasted the Blue Devils. That might have been one of the greatest teams in N.C.A.A. history. So he is a flawed coach, a flawed man, who amongst us isnt? He is still much beloved in the Las Vegas world.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2011 3:27 pm

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

Even with the statistics at our fingertips, still the Big-10 (11,12) fans are somehow insinuating that the SEC cheats and the Big-10 doesn't.  I even saw one poster try to discount the statistics by claiming, "I bet more of the Big-10 violations were self-reported."  Whatever you need to tell yourself.  Objective fans understand that violations occur everywhere all the time, but the major violations are the real problems, and it appears those are the kinds of real problems the Big-10 has.

What is nice to see is an example at the top of the collegiate sports world without violations.  Good job LSU.

Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 9:56 am

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

For all the talk of SEC cheating that goes on here on this site, this report was interesting.  As far as violators by conference, the Big Ten had the most programs with major violations with eight.  The Big 12 and SEC each had seven, the Pac 10 had six, the ACC four, and the Big East two.  I am happy to report that LSU was not on this list.

Another interesting FACT...NCAA decides to punish some schools, and some they let go..
Some schools choose to self report, others deny..
We can do all the bickering we want, it's never going to get straigthen out untill NCAA is all for one

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:51 pm

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

The BYU one was pretty recent, but had to do with the Men's Volleyball team, so not exactly a story most people would be interested in. The Utah infraction was from 2003 (according to the site) and related to the Men's Basketball team, but I am not sure in what way. Both schools were placed on probation for 3 years, but according to the site Utah lost a scholarship for 04-05, 05-06, and 06-07. According to the following article ( ) it was a punishment dealt from an infraction over a decade earlier involving Rick Majerus and Keith Van Horn and a $9.90 breakfast. All of the sudden, "major" infractions are seeming a little less "major."

Since: Dec 21, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 6:14 pm

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

@Cougar382 - The list you are referring to is ambigious at best, so it's difficult to say the extent of violations listed - not to mention that BYU is labeled for the year 2008, and the U is listed at 2003.  Since this list covers all sports, those violations might have been some swimmer hitching a ride to class or a woman's volleyball player getting taken out to eat at the Cougar Eat.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:33 pm

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

Is the list accurate? Both BYU and Utah were listed as offenders, but I didn't hear a word about either of instances. Not to say that I don't believe both schools are capable, but it seems like that would have been somewhat of a big story, but locally I didn't hear anything from the media.

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:22 pm

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

FSU and the academic fraud!!!

Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:13 pm

53 FBS schools committed major violations in '00s

Here is a shocker - Auburn University for recruiting.  And the Rhett Bomar thing at OU. 

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