The NCAA said Friday that former Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis “provided false or misleading information about impermissible recruiting contacts.”
Davis left Alabama in May after the NCAA investigation into his actions. Davis was accused of basically what the NCAA’s Friday statement said; that he had impermissible contact with recruits and then wasn’t truthful about it until his third meeting with NCAA investigators. He coached at Alabama in 2014 and 2015 and the infractions happened in 2014.
Davis, now an assistant at Texas-San Antonio, was given a two-year show-cause penalty that runs through April 13, 2019. He’s also prohibited from off-campus recruiting and phone contact with recruits through the end of May, though his show-cause penalty prevents him from off-campus recruiting anyway.
The former assistant coach knowingly committed a recruiting violation when he participated in an impermissible meeting arranged by a booster with four prospects at their high school. The booster later initiated another impermissible meeting with three of the prospects on her own. The contacts provided the university with a recruiting advantage because, contrary to NCAA rules, the activity occurred before the end of the prospects’ junior year of high school and allowed the booster to recruit prospects. When the former assistant coach was asked about his recruiting activity by the university and the NCAA enforcement staff, he denied the recruiting activity and the booster’s involvement. His statements were in direct contradiction to information provided by two of the prospects and the high school’s football coach. The panel noted the seriousness of the case was substantially exacerbated by the former assistant coach’s provision of false or misleading information.
Alabama was also fined $5,000 and must disassociate with the booster mentioned in the allegations.
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