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UA women's swim program punished for recruiting violations

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Posted at 10:25 AM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 13:57:14-05

TUCSON, Ariz. - The NCAA announced that the Arizona Wildcats women's swimming program will be punished for recruiting violations.

According to the NCAA, the violations involved an international prospect who did not meet qualification requirements.

From the report:

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff, involved individuals and university must agree to the facts and overall level of the case to use this process instead of a formal hearing. The prospect did not meet the NCAA requirements to be an academic qualifier. In an attempt to meet the requirements, she moved to the campus area several months before she enrolled at the university to complete a program at its Center for English as a Second Language. The former diving coach knew the prospect from their shared home country and previously coached her while she trained with the country’s national team. He recruited the prospect to the university and, after learning that she was an academic nonqualifer, he arranged for her to stay with a booster while she completed the program. The booster did not charge the prospect rent for the living arrangement. The committee noted that the former diving coach said he did not ask the prospect whether she was paying rent because “as the coach, it’s better sometimes not to ask.”

The punishment includes two years of probation, a one-year ban for the coach involved (dubbed a "show-cause order"), a scholarship reduction, a three-week suspension of recruiting activity that started Dec. 10, a three-week ban on unofficial visits and complimentary admissions, a reduction of the number of official recruiting visits by five and a $5,000 fine.

“The university self-reported that rules violations occurred within the swimming and diving program,” said Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke, in a statement. “It is clear that the two former coaches did not uphold the values and expectations that the University of Arizona, President Robert Robbins and I have for all staff members. We have taken decisive steps in recent years to enhance our compliance culture, improve oversight and increase accountability. “