Pitt football, men's basketball found to have committed NCAA violations
The University of Pittsburgh has found itself in a little hot water with the NCAA. According to a recent release from the Divsion I Committee on Infractions, the Pitt men’s basketball and football programs have been found to have committed NCAA coaching violations.
According to the release, Pitt and the NCAA agreed that an unnamed “former head men’s basketball coach instructed and allowed” multiple non-coaching staff members to perform coaching duties. That coach also failed to make necessary changes, despite being warned about the situation.
The release also stated that a former director of basketball operations — also unnamed — violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he failed to participate in an interview about his involvement with the situation.
Along with the men’s basketball violations, an unnamed football coach was found to not “promote an atmosphere for compliance when he asked one individual to assist and was present when three others performed coaching activities.”
The NCAA released the Committee of Infractions’ penalties for Pitt on Thursday:
The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university, Level II-aggravated for the former men’s basketball coach and Level I-aggravated for the former director of basketball operations. The head football coach agreed to Level II-standard penalties. Those and other penalties, approved by the Committee on Infractions, are detailed below:
- Three years of probation.
- A $5,000 fine plus 0.5% of each of the men’s basketball and football budgets.
- A show-cause order for the head football coach withholding him from two days of team practices in August 2020. He also did not participate in one week of off-campus recruiting during the Dec. 1, 2019, through Feb. 1, 2020, contact period.
- A reduction in men’s basketball recruiting person days by 17 during the 2017-18 academic year.
- A reduction in the number of men’s basketball countable coaches by one at regular practice for 16 hours during the 2019-20 academic year.
- A reduction in men’s basketball countable athletically related activities hours in the spring of 2020 from 20 to 18 (in-season) and eight to seven (out-of-season).
- A reduction of countable athletically related activities for the football program by eight hours and the number of countable coaches by one for two days of practice during the 2018 football season.
- A reduction in the number of football countable coaches by one for four days of practice in the 2019-20 academic year.
- Two football quality control staff members must be removed from practice for three days during the 2019-20 academic year.
You can view the full report here.