NCAA penalizes UC for major violation

Todd Moore (Source: University of Cincinnati Athletics)
Todd Moore (Source: University of Cincinnati Athletics)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The University of Cincinnati Athletics Department has been placed on two years probation by the NCAA for violations involving impermissible phone calls to recruits made by UC coaches.

Nearly 200 calls violating NCAA guidelines were made by an assistant coach on the Women's basketball team.  The NCAA determined those calls to be a major violation.

Although not named by the University, FOX 19 confirmed the coach in question is Todd Moore, who was on Jamelle Elliot's staff for the 2009-2010 season and part of the 2010-2011 season.  He was fired a day after admitting the phone calls to school compliance officials.

Four assistant coaches currently on the football staff were also found to have made impermissible calls.  Those coaches made a total of 20 calls that violated NCAA rules.  The NCAA called the violations within the football team "secondary violations."

The violations were discovered after UC implemented a phone monitoring system for coaches in all 18 of the school's sports.

Penalties handed down by the NCAA include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Two years of probation from September 29, 2011, through September 28, 2013.
  • One-year show-cause order for a former women's basketball assistant coach. The public report further details these conditions.
  • Limit of three women's basketball staff members performing recruiting coordination (University imposed).
  • Prohibited head women's basketball coach from making calls to unsigned prospective student-athletes for a two-week period (University imposed).
  • Prohibited two assistant woman's basketball coaches from making calls to unsigned prospective student-athletes for five- and one-week periods (University imposed).
  • Reduced the women's basketball coaching staff to three countable coaches for a six-month period during the 2010-11 season (University imposed).
  • Prohibited the football coaching staff from having recruiting telephone contact during four different time periods in 2011 (University imposed).
  • Prohibited three assistant football coaches from making calls to prospective student-athletes during varying time periods in the summer of 2011 (University imposed).

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