COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Clemson's ex-rowing coach Susie Lueck gave
one of her athletes lodging and transportation -- one of nine NCAA secondary violations the school reported Friday.
One violation, dated March 27, detailed how a former
student-athlete's father and "representative of athletics
interest" provided free medical treatment to an athlete. Once the
athlete came back to campus, the team's "head coach provided
lodging and transportation to and from campus," according to the
The corrective actions Clemson took included the head coach
being "relieved of duties."
Clemson's report did not contain the names of any staffer who
committed an infraction or the sport involved. But athletic
director Terry Don Phillips confirmed in an e-mail to The
Associated Press that this violation occurred on the rowing team.
Clemson announced Lueck's dismissal April 6, less than two weeks
after the NCAA violation.
Richard Ruggieri, Louisville's rowing coach, was hired as
Lueck's replacement last month. He said Clemson's administrators
briefed him on the troubles and he was not concerned about the
Lueck had been the program's first and only coach until her
firing. She was in her ninth season and was let go the day before a
competition and two weeks before the Atlantic Coast Conference
championships, which the university hosted on nearby Lake Hartwell.
Lueck has not returned repeated phone calls or e-mails asking
The rowing infraction was among the less serious Level II
violations reported to the ACC.
Clemson releases NCAA secondary violations at the end of each
Three of the nine violations were categorized as Level I, which
get reported directly to the NCAA. The first, dated Feb. 9, was
when an assistant coach provided transportation for a prospect's
family from their home to Clemson for an official visit. The
assistant was given a letter of reprimand and the prospect declared
Another came when the school didn't submit a certified audit
verifying football attendance before the NCAA deadline. A verified
report was later sent on to the governing body.
The last Level I violation involved an assistant who made
off-campus contact with a junior prospect. The assistant received a
letter of reprimand and withheld from off-campus recruiting for two
days as punishment.
Three other Level II violations involved head coaches receiving
letters of admonishment.
One detailed how the school released the name of a prospective
student athlete before it had gotten a signed national letter of
intent. The violation was dated Feb. 8, the day after football
prospects can officially sign with their colleges.
Another, dated May 10, concerned a team receiving a per diem for
breakfast while the team competing at an ACC tournament stayed at a
hotel with complimentary full breakfasts. A review of the team's
travel expenses uncovered a second instance of athletes receiving
breakfast money despite an available hotel breakfast.
The third came when the ACC office found several team members
had exceeded by one the maximum dates of competition. The coach
thought a dual match as an extension of the tournament, the school
said in its report.
Two other transgressions involved Clemson assistant coaches. In
one case, the assistant attended an "impermissible nonscholastic
activity" of a prospect. The coach was given a letter of
The last was when an assistant coach being replaced by another
coach did not return to campus as required before going back to
recruiting activities. That coach received a letter of admonishment
from the school.
Clemson's athletic department also released its yearly drug
testing report. The school said it had two positive tests for
marijuana out of the 433 conducted on Tigers athletes. There were
no other positive tests found for other substances like alcohol,
cocaine and steroids, the department said.