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Tech receives four years probation
Recommendation to repay basketball revenues
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rrcomeatball.jpg (20852 bytes)The NCAA Committee on Infractions announced Tuesday that Texas Tech’s athletic department will be on probation for four years and may have to repay as much as 90 percent of revenue generated by the Red Raider men’s basketball team during the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

Overall, the committee found violations involving nine sports dating back to 1990 and included NCAA rules infractions in the areas of eligibility, extra benefits, recruiting, unethical conduct, failure to monitor and lack of institutional control.

The NCAA scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference to discuss the panel’s findings. Tech was expected to release a written statement in response to the sanctions later Tuesday, Chancellor John Montford said Monday.

The recommendation regarding returned revenue will be forwarded to the Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet. If approved, total financial impact on Tech would be at least $380,000 plus future distribution through the year 2002.

Other penalties announced by the committee included scholarship reductions beyond what Tech announced in a series of self-imposed sanctions in mid-April.

Also, former assistant football coach Rhudy Maskew, who resigned last August, is subject to the NCAA’s "show-cause" requirements.

That means if he seeks employment or affiliation in an athletics position at an NCAA member institution during a three-year period ending April 24, 2001, he and the involved school must appear before the committee to determine if the coach’s athletically related duties should be limited for a designated period.

The NCAA found a lack of institutional control regarding procedures for monitoring the athletics program that permitted at least 76 (Tech since has inflated the number to 81) individuals to compete while ineligible from 1990-97.

In addition to Tech’s self-imposed penalties, the infractions committee made the following moves:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Four years of probation. (Tech had proposed three years).
  • Requirement that the institution continue to develop a comprehensive athletics compliance education program with annual reports to the committee during the period of probation.
  • Reduction by four (from 25 to 21) in the number of scholarships in football during the 2000-2001 school year.
  • Reduction by five (from 85 to 80) in the number of total scholarship players in football during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 school years.
  • Reduction by seven in the number of total scholarships in men’s basketball during the 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-01 school years, with a reduction of at least two (from 13 to 11) scholarships during each of the three academic years. (Tech had proposed a reduction of six over three years).
  • Reduction by one (from 15 to 14) in the number of total financial aid awards in women’s basketball during the 1999-2000 academic year.
  • Reduction by three (from 11.7 to 8.7) in the number of equivalency scholarships in baseball during the 2001-2002 academic year. (Tech proposed a reduction of 1.67 scholarships).
  • Vacation of Tech’s performance in the 1996 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and recommendation that Tech be required to forfeit 90 percent of its share of revenue distribution for participation in the tournament. In addition, the committee recommended that Tech not be permitted to receive an amount equal to 90 percent of its share of money yet to be distributed by the NCAA for participation in the 1996 tournament. (Tech proposed forfeiting those games in which ineligible players competed and to return money received from the tournament).
  • Recertification of current athletics policies and practices.
  • Show-cause requirement regarding former assistant football coach Rhudy Maskew for three years.
  • Because Tech’s case was deemed major in nature, the school is now subject to the NCAA’s repeat violator provisions for a five-year period beginning April 24, 1998.
  • The committee noted that its penalties were severe and numerous because of the lack of institutional control, the significant recruiting and competitive advantages gained, the length of time over which the violations occurred and the fact that the violations were systemic and involved multiple sports. The competitive advantage gained by Tech was particularly significant, according to the committee.

Violations found by the committee:

  • Between 1990 and 1997, at least 76 student-athletes competed while ineligible.
  • During the 1993-94 through 1996-97 academic years, Tech exceeded team and individual scholarship limitations in four sports.
  • During the summer of 1993, Rhudy Maskew provided Stephen Gaines with tuition assistance and other extra benefits and committed academic fraud by completing significant portions of his course work.
  • In August 1993, assistant men’s basketball coach Greg Pinkney arranged for a prospective student-athlete to receive impermissible proctoring services.
  • During the summer of 1991, former Howard College coach Jeff Kidder, deemed a representative of Tech’s athletic interests, provided tuition and enrollment assistance to former men’s basketball player Nate Jackson.
  • During the 1995 football season, Tech failed to adhere to sound academic standards in regard to former wide receiver Malcolm McKenzie and allowed him to compete while ineligible.
  • Beginning with the spring 1992 term, a member or members of the football coaching staff provided Gaines with money on several occasions before and after his enrollment at Tech.
  • Between 1991 and 1996, representatives of Tech’s athletics interests provided free bail bonding and legal services to student-athletes.
  • Maskew violated the principles of ethical conduct by knowingly violating extra-benefit legislation and by providing false and misleading information to Tech.
  • From the summer of 1994 through the spring of 1997, Tech allowed student-athletes to place free long-distance telephone calls and failed to monitor the student-athletes’ use of athletics department telephones.
  • There was a lack of institutional control and monitoring of Tech’s athletics programs.
  • There were several secondary violations involving the provision of impermissible services, transportation and meals to student-athletes and prospective student-athletes.

The committee said it took into account the self-imposed sanctions levied by Tech in mid-April.

At that time, Tech cut scholarships in six sports, placed the athletic department on three years’ probation and agreed to forfeit all contests in which an ineligible athlete competed. Also, Tech said it would return approximately $100,000 of revenue from the 1996 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

The school also withdrew its men’s basketball and football teams from postseason consideration in 1997.


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