Iowa State may be on probation after self reporting violations of illegal phone calls and text messages during a three-year span while recruiting players.
From Bobby La Gesse of the Ames Tribune, the university announced that “it has entered into a summary disposition process with NCAA” on the illegal activity from 2008-2011. Iowa State first reported the violations back on November 2011.
Any coaches that took part during that time period “served self-imposed sanctions during the 2011-12 academic year.”
No specific coaches or sports were named in the press release or when ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard and ISU athletic spokeman Tom Kroeschell were contacted by the Tribune.
No information on the text messages were released, but 24 phone calls* from coaching staff members and 55 phone calls* from non-coaching members “at impermissible times.”
Iowa State athletics recommended that the university be put on probation for two years by the NCAA. It’s unknown exactly when the case will take place, but don’t expect much news until the investigation is completed.
Here’s the full statement by Pollard:
Our institution is fully committed to strict compliance with all rules and regulations of the NCAA. We have worked hard to maintain a culture of integrity by hiring quality staff and reinforcing moral and ethical conduct at all times.
*Update: In a fix to this original post, these weren’t the amount of phone calls made, but separate NCAA violations reported by Iowa State. Over 1,400 impermissible calls were made during the 3-year span.