May 5, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
The Purdue Division of Intercollegiate Athletics has transmitted to the NCAA and Big Ten the results of a 10-week inquiry involving the women's basketball program.
The inquiry developed information indicating six violations of NCAA regulations. The report, as submitted, details the facts associated with each violation, corrective actions and self-imposed penalties.
The violations reported to the NCAA and Big Ten are as follows:
1. One incident of academic misconduct involving one assistant coach. No eligibility issues were involved.
2. Impermissible use of a coach's cell phone by four current student-athletes.
3. Impermissible storage of two current student-athletes' personal items for a period not longer than one month at the residence of an assistant coach.
4. Impermissible purchase of flowers for one prospective student-athlete by an assistant coach. The prospective student-athlete had already signed a letter of intent two months prior to the impermissible purchase.
5. Impermissible storage of one current student-athlete's automobile for a period not longer than two months at an assistant coach's residence.
6. Impermissible telephone contacts with two prospective student-athletes.
In addition, five other reports of violations were received by Purdue compliance staff and researched. No violations were found in those five instances.
"The NCAA governance system requires member institutions to self-report any rule violations after conducting a thorough internal investigation," Athletics Director Morgan Burke said. "We believe our review has met that standard and would point out that, as soon as we developed credible information, we took action in the form of suspension of a student-athlete and an assistant coach.
"The final report required significant data review and inspection of records, as well as follow-up interviews and analysis."
In addition to corrective actions listed for the six individual rule violations, Purdue has proposed corrective actions, including loss of one scholarship for the women's basketball program for the 2006-07 academic year, declaring the involved student-athlete permanently ineligible without seeking reinstatement, and inviting an ethicist to work with select staff. The suspension of the assistant coach and the involved student-athlete from the women's basketball team and all team activities, including all practice sessions and participation in the women's Big Ten basketball tournament and the NCAA championships, was also listed as a corrective action. The NCAA will determine whether the self-reports constitute secondary or major violations of NCAA regulations and whether the self-imposed sanctions and corrective actions are sufficient.
"The inquiry was thorough and complete, in our opinion," Burke said. "Our compliance staff pursued every hint of impropriety, and we approached this process intent on finding out everything and passing on the report to the appropriate personnel at the NCAA and Big Ten office for review and disposition."