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Auburn University's Major Infractions in Football, Basketball, and (yes) Tennis

1-11-1957 - Illegal Recruiting Inducements:

Placed on probation for the 1957, 1958, and 1959 seasons, including a TV and post-season ban in 57 and 58. No scholarship reductions were implemented.

4-21-1958 - Illegal Recruiting Inducements:

Added one year to the existing probationary window and extended the TV and post-season bans through the 1960 season. New penalties included no NCAA voting and committee privileges during probationary period.

5-11-1979 - Extra benefits; improper recruiting contacts, entertainment, inducements, lodging, publicity and transportation; excessive number of official visits; tryouts; questionable practice; certification of compliance:

As you can see, this one was a whopper. Violations included providing recruits and their parents with cash, clothing, paid travel, and the free use of automobiles. Penalties included forcing the university to show cause why more penalties should not be imposed if institution does not disassociate four representatives from recruiting.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: one-year postseason ban; one-year television ban.

FOOTBALL: two-year postseason ban; two-year television ban. TV and post-season bans encompassed the 1979 and 1980 seasons.

The chairman of the infractions committee noted that the violations found in this case could have resulted in a more severe penalty; however, the committee was impressed by the university's thorough investigation and open presentation of information to the committee, as well as the commitment of current athletic department staff members and university officials to guard against a recurrence of violations of NCAA regulations.

11-13-1980 - Improper recruiting contacts, entertainment, inducements, lodging and transportation:

A rogue booster appears to have been involved this time, with the committee on infractions stating, "The penalty would have been greater were it not for the fact that the committee was satisfied that no athletic staff members were involved in the violations. Further, on December 11, 1979, when violations by the involved booster became known to the head football coach, he immediately acted on his own initiative to disassociate the booster from any further recruiting activities on behalf of the university."

Violations included providing cash to a recruit in exchange for his signing a letter of intent, purchasing a recruit's complementary football tickets at more than face value, and providing meals, transportation, and lodging to recruits, their family, and in one case, girlfriend, and improper contact with a recruit. The previous probationary period was extended to include the 1981 season with no additional TV or postseason ban.

11-18-1991: Basketball program - Improper recruiting by athletics representative; improper recruiting inducements, contact and transportation; extra benefits; unethical conduct:

Violations included:

IMPERMISSIBLE RECRUITING: offer to assist in obtain automobile loan; improper and excessive recruiting contacts; contacts by athletics representatives; meals for high-school coach; gift and offer of employment to family members. UNETHICAL CONDUCT. EXCEEDING COACHING LIMITATIONS.

TENNIS -- EXTRA BENEFITS: transportation, lodging and meals to family members; cash loans; use of automobile.

UNETHICAL CONDUCT. ERRONEOUS CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE. Penalties: Public reprimand; annual reports; limit of one basketball coach who can recruit off campus for 1992; prohibition of head basketball coach recruiting off campus from 3/13/92 to 4/15/92; reduction from 15 to 7 official visits in basketball for 1992; assistant basketball coach's salary frozen from 3/6/91 to 7/14/92; limit on basketball coaches; maximum of 14 grants in basketball for 1990-91 and 12 for 1992-93; disassociation of two athletics representatives; no official visits in tennis for 1992; reduction from 5 to 4 grants in tennis for 1990-91 and 1991-92; forfeiture of tennis wins.

8-18-1993 - Cash and unsecured loans provided to student-athletes as extra benefits; lack of institutional control; unethical conduct:

Violation Summary:

EXTRA BENEFITS: athletics representatives provided at least $4,000 in cash and merchandise; assistant coach provided $500; administrative assistant provided several thousand dollars in cash payments; athletics representative approved a $9,200 and several other unsecured loans based upon future earnings as professional athletes; student-athletes allowed to enroll with outstanding accounts with the university.

LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL. UNETHICAL CONDUCT. ERRONEOUS CERTIFICATION OF COMPLIANCE. Penalty Summary: Public reprimand; annual reports; reduction from 25 to 14 initial grants for 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96; reduction from 88 to 86 total grants for 1993-94 and from 85 to 83 for 1994-95 and 1995-96; permanent disassociation of former assistant coach, former administrative assistant and two athletics representatives; separation of duties of head football coach and athletics director; recertification.

**Thanks to BamaChris for this info