The University of Tennessee’s football program committed minor violations and has reported them to the NCAA, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel.
Per the report, those minor violations were four out of 18 reported to the NCAA, three of which were recruiting related. One resulted from the NCAA discovering secondary coach Willie Martinez had impermissible contact with a recruit, and Martinez was suspended for last season’s opener against Bowling Green.
Two other violations were related to “publicity,” or recruits’ visits being made public. In one case, a recruit entered an event behind coach Butch Jones. Tennessee admitted that the resulting applause may have been “acknowledging” the recruit. As a result, Tennessee did not contact that recruit again until the eve of signing day.
In the other case, a mid-year enrollee posted a picture of himself at the school to Twitter and a recruit on an official visit was in the background. Tennessee has asked for light punishment in that regard.
The final minor violation involved a walk-on receiving complimentary tickets when his certification was expiring, and he was ruled ineligible for the rest of the season.
The good news is that both the SEC and NCAA has reviewed all of these violations, which occurred over the course of 2014 up until last month, and is satisfied with Tennessee’s self-imposed penalties.
Still, it just goes to show that with all of these nitpicky and ticky tack rules from the NCAA, reforms are indeed needed.
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