Virginia self-imposes recruiting limitations for impermissible contact with recruits

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Virginia is dealing with a couple self-imposed recruiting sanctions after some members of the Cavaliers’ coaching staff committed NCAA violations in the spring of 2016.

According to the NCAA’s release on the topic, Virginia coaches “wanted to personally verify the height and weight position-specific prospects before offering scholarships to them. For this reason, the coaches decided to pose for photos standing next to prospects. During the spring 2016 evaluation period, the staff posed for photos with 32 prospects at 23 high schools.”

Here’s the catch; the contact wasn’t permissible under NCAA guidelines. Virginia self-reported the violations to the NCAA and the consequences were announced Friday. As a result of the violations, the school has four off-campus contacts this spring with recruits photographed last year (down from six) and 150 evaluations instead of 168.

“I am disappointed these actions occurred during engagements with prospects and resulted in violations,” Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a Virginia statement. “It is incumbent upon everyone associated with our program to have a complete understanding of the NCAA bylaws and interpretations and it’s my responsibility to ensure that happens. We have already taken steps with our compliance staff to improve our training and rules education to ensure we meet that standard. It is our goal to operate at the highest level of compliance to support the University and positively represent our students, faculty, staff, alumni, supporters and community.”

The NCAA also fined Virginia $5,000. While that may a big deal to many of you reading this post, it isn’t in the big dollar world of Power Five football.

The spring 2016 period was the first spring for Mendenhall’s coaching staff at the school. He was hired from BYU after the 2015 season by the Cavaliers to replace the fired Mike London.

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