The NCAA has asked the University of Iowa to respond to an alleged violation of off-season recruiting rules committed by an assistant football coach.
“It’s not uncommon,” associate athletics director Fred Mims said. “It happens from time to time. The NCAA sends an inquiry, they don’t know if it is right or wrong. We look into it and respond.”
The letter, dated Jan. 25, 2011, and sent from Adam Grams, an enforcement staff member from the NCAA, asks Iowa athletics director Gary Barta to respond to a matter that was reported to the NCAA.
In the letter, obtained through an Iowa City Press-Citizen records request, it is alleged that an assistant football coach had off-campus contact with a prospective student-athlete during a recruiting quiet period.
The period in question is after the student-athlete’s junior year but before July 1.
“It’s a by-product of the number of rules that apply to recruiting dead periods, and coaches are well aware of what those are for each sport,” Mims said.
Iowa was asked to provide statements from the parties involved and a statement from Iowa “indicating whether the institution believes it has violated NCAA legislation in this matter.”
Mims said similar letters of inquiry from the NCAA are not uncommon.
“Different years, we get different amounts,” Mims said. “We probably have received, to date this year, three.”
Iowa has responded to the inquiry and is awaiting word from the NCAA.
“It’s a general procedure,” Mims said. “If we review the situation, find any merit, we send a self-report violation. If there’s not merit, we do the inquiry, send it back to the NCAA saying we feel there is no violations here.”
The Iowa men’s basketball team had a violation last fall when several recruits met movie starts Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore during a visit on a home football weekend. The NCAA ruled those violations were secondary in nature.
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