Posted April 11, 2013

Report: Iowa State internal investigation finds ‘major infractions’ across sports

Big 12, Iowa State Cyclones, NCAA, NCAA Investigations, NCAA Sanctions, Paul Rhoads
Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard

AD Jamie Pollard (left) and Iowa State have asked the NCAA for a two-year probation period. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

By Zac Ellis

Major NCAA violations have reportedly taken place across several sports programs, including football, at Iowa State University. According to the Ames Tribune, an investigation by Iowa State found several violations that would “constitute a major infractions case.” Six current and former members of the Iowa State football and basketball coaching staffs were tabbed in the report, including current ISU football assistant coaches Shane Burnham and Bill Bleil and former assistants Bobby Elliott and Luke Wells. Elliott is now an assistant at Notre Dame, while Wells is an assistant at Utah State.

According to document obtained by the Tribune, the investigation found three years worth of impermissible phone calls and texts to recruits. The majority of the violations surround phone calls which the coaching staff failed to properly record, and the report submitted to the NCAA largely blames the Iowa State athletic administration for failing to educate coaches on proper compliance procedures, as many coaches admitted they were unaware of the necessity of recording phone calls. In all, 33 coaches from all 18 ISU varsity sports were found to be “considered at-risk for 1,405 impermissible calls,” as well as 165 impermissible text messages, according to the report.

Iowa State first released information about NCAA violations last week. “We’ve been committed to being as transparent as possible throughout this entire process, which has been challenging given it has been an ongoing investigation and we did not receive the final report until this week,” ISU athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. ISU has asked for a two-year probation period from the NCAA as punishment, but all coaches named in the report are at risk of receiving a show-cause penalty.

10 comments
Emily_Hejlik
Emily_Hejlik

@hburns33 oh pleassse don't get me started on Iowa football... You don't think that goes on at every big university??

MEISH34
MEISH34

@ThePleissIsRite @SInow they should let it go, obviously ISU hasn't seen any good recruits. Even when we cheat we still don't get anyone :(

TTolman
TTolman

@slmandel @SInow another example of the systemic failure of the "self policing" NCAA model including their draconian rules.

jpforuga
jpforuga

@slmandel "major infractions" for all those wins? But it would take something to get me to Ames

lsmithdesign
lsmithdesign

@slmandel @SInow Excellent. So the OK State loss in 2011 is forfeited and they play LSU in the title game. I believe that is how this works.