WVU athletics put on two years' probation for recruiting violations

Wednesday February 18th, 2015

The West Virginia athletic department has been put on two years' probation for committing recruiting violations in 14 different sports, the NCAA announced on Wednesday. 

The violations involve coaches sending impermissible texts and placing impermissible calls to prospects and parents. Most of the violations occurred in football, women's gymnastics, women's basketball and women’s soccer, it was found, and the women's gymnastics violations were nearly all committed by one assistant coach. 

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West Virginia self-reported the violations, which occurred between 2010 and 2013.

"While I am disappointed with today’s NCAA report, I do take note that our department found the infractions, self-reported them and worked with the NCAA in full cooperation to address and correct the issues," said WVU athletic director Shane Lyons​.

The school had already self-imposed several penalties, including the loss of one football scholarship during the 2013-14 season and reduction of off-campus recruiting in football, women's soccer, women's basketball and men's basketball.

- Molly Geary

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