The Alabama State University Athletics Department has been placed on probation for NCAA rules violations related to the actions of a former softball coach and the school's failure to monitor the processes that led to student-athletes purchasing items at the bookstore that were not course-related books or supplies.
A hearing panel of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions (COI) identified four distinct violations.
First, the COI determined the bookstore staff’s provision of extra benefits to 170 student-athletes during the 2011-12 academic year (when it permitted them to use book scholarships to purchase items that were not required course-related books or supplies) constituted a series of minor Level III violations (Bylaw 19.1.3).
Second, the COI concluded ASU failed to monitor bookstore purchases by student-athletes and provide adequate education for bookstore staff.
Third, the COI found the softball program committed a Level II violation (Bylaw 19.1.2) of NCAA legislation during the 2013-14 academic year when it (1) exceeded time limits for countable athletically-related activities (CARA) on multiple occasions; (2) failed to accurately record student-athletes' participation in CARA; and (3) failed to apply penalties prescribed by the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance.
Fourth, the COI ruled the then head softball coach committed a Level II violation when she did not satisfy her responsibility to create an atmosphere for compliance. Please note the softball violations occurred under the tenure of a previous coaching staff and a head softball coach who is no longer an ASU employee.
The COI panel accepted the university's self-imposed $5,000 fine and reductions in countable athletic activity. It also prescribed a one-year show-cause order for the former coach. During that time, if an NCAA member school hires her, it must set weekly meetings with her to monitor countable athletic activity.
The school will be on probation for two years beginning October 20, 2016 through Oct. 19, 2018
~NCAA.org | Alabama State Sports Information