NORMAN, Okla. -- The NCAA has accepted Oklahoma's
self-imposed punishments for four secondary rules violations, a
newspaper reported Sunday.
Oklahoma agreed to issue letters of admonishment against those
who broke rules and eliminated one week of allowable phone calls to
recruits during the last recruiting season, according to
correspondence between the school and the NCAA obtained by The
Oklahoman for a story in Sunday's editions.
The NCAA accepted the self-imposed penalties, which had no
impact on athletes' eligibility. Oklahoma said all of the
violations were inadvertent.
Oklahoma reported the following violations:
-- Coaches violated a rule prohibiting coaches from contacting
recruits "during the conduct of competition" by making calls via
cell phone from Pro Player Stadium less than two hours before
kickoff of the 2001 Orange Bowl.
In response, Oklahoma issued letters of admonishment to the
coaches who violated the telephone rule, provided further education
regarding the rule to the coaches and agreed to periodically review
phone records and recruiting phone logs on dates of games. The
school also eliminated a week of recruiting phone calls.
"There really wasn't much to it," Sooners coach Bob Stoops
said. "It was a secondary thing that probably had happened
everywhere around the country, and they [the NCAA] agreed. It was
an innocent mistake, and that happens."
-- A recruit was given impermissible media contact with media at
the spring game in April 2003 when then-graduate assistant Josh
Heupel introduced the recruit to ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and Chris
-- The school acknowledged it failed to pay for use of a charter
plane used to transport a recruit for an official visit in 2000.
Oklahoma told the NCAA it had taken steps to prevent similar
-- A recruit returning home from an official visit to the school
made "incidental contact" with two members of the board of
regents when they were on the same flight. Oklahoma claimed the
regents did not talk to the recruit, other than "to explain to the
pilot in the presence of the prospect that according to NCAA rules
they could not have any contact or conversation with the
Oklahoma reminded staff of the rule, and the NCAA granted the
school's request for the athlete's eligibility be reinstated.