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Baylor Faces NCAA Sanctions for Impermissible Calls, ESPN Says

April 09, 2012

Baylor University men’s and women’s basketball teams may be penalized by college sports’ governing body after an investigation found coaches made more than 1,260 impermissible calls and text messages to recruits, ESPN reported.

Men’s coach Scott Drew, women’s coach Kim Mulkey and their assistants were the target of the investigation. School spokesman Heath Nielsen didn’t immediately return phone calls or e-mails, seeking comment.

Baylor self-imposed penalties on its basketball teams after receiving a 66-page report from the National Collegiate Athletic Association detailing the rules violations last October, ESPN said.

Mulkey, whose team went 40-0 and won the national championship this season, can’t recruit off-campus during the summer recruiting period July 1 through 31, under the self- imposed sanctions. The women’s basketball program lost two of its 15 scholarships this past season. The Baylor’s men’s program, which reached the regional finals this year, lost a scholarship for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons. Drew and assistant coach Jerome Tang couldn’t make recruiting calls from Jan. 1 through Feb. 29 of this year. The maximum number of official visits the men’s basketball team is allowed in 2012-13 was reduced to seven from 12.

Then-Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson was banned from calling recruits and carrying out off-campus visits for a year after making nearly 600 impermissible calls when he was coaching at the University of Oklahoma, ESPN said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Washington at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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