Appalachian State University issues statement on NCAA violation (2016-11-23 19:06:28)

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University has notified the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Committee on Infractions of its acceptance of penalties for a rules violation committed by a former football assistant coach.


In June 2015, the university initiated an internal investigation into allegations that a former football assistant coach sent over 400 impermissible text messages in 2012-13 to the parent of a prospective student-athlete, a violation of NCAA Bylaw (from the 2012-13 NCAA Manual) which limited electronically transmitted correspondence that may be sent to prospective student-athletes or their parents or legal guardians to email and facsimiles. The university immediately notified the NCAA and the Sun Belt Conference of the potential rules violation. The coach subsequently resigned prior to the 2015 season.

Athletic Director Doug Gillin said, “Appalachian State has an established culture of compliance with NCAA rules and the response to this isolated incident confirms the university’s continued commitment to NCAA compliance. I am confident that our corrective actions will help further strengthen the university’s culture of compliance.”

At the conclusion of its internal investigation, Appalachian informed the NCAA of the results and corrective actions. In Nov. 2016, the NCAA sent Appalachian official notice of determinations and conditions, including a financial penalty of $5,000 and public reprimand and censure. Appalachian immediately informed the NCAA of acceptance of these determinations and conditions.

The NCAA cited the following mitigating factors in its decision: “Prompt acknowledgement of the violation, acceptance of responsibility and imposition of meaningful  corrective measures and/or penalties; an established history of self-reporting Level III or secondary violations; implementation of a system of compliance methods designed to ensure rules compliance and satisfaction of institution’s/coaches’ control standards; the violations were unintentional, limited in scope and represent a deviation from otherwise compliant practices by the institution; other factors warranting a lower penalty range.” The committee classified the institution's violation as Level II-Mitigated, and no aggravating factors were identified. The committee will release a public infractions decision in the near future.

Addressing the matter, Chancellor Sheri N. Everts said, “While I am disappointed that a violation occurred, the immediate actions taken by Athletics Director Gillin and Head Coach Scott Satterfield to address the issue and self-report the inappropriate contact to the NCAA illustrates our Athletics Department’s dedication to operating with the highest standards to positively support the academic mission of the university and positively represent Appalachian’s students, faculty, staff, alumni and community.”