INDIANAPOLIS -- Chadron State College did not exercise control of its athletics department and the former head football coach did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules, according to findings by the Division II Committee on Infractions. The former head football coach maintained outside bank accounts for the football program, provided extra benefits to student-athletes and provided false or misleading information during interviews with the school. Additionally, a football student-athlete was allowed to compete while ineligible, the school did not ensure that all coaches signed their squad lists before the team’s first game and some coaches did not record countable practice hours for student-athletes.

Penalties, including those self-imposed by the university, include three years of probation, vacation of wins in which a student-athlete competed while ineligible and recruiting restrictions. The former head coach and the former athletics director received two-year show-cause orders. During the show-cause period, the former head coach will be limited in his duties at his current employing school. If the former athletics director seeks an athletically-related position at an NCAA member school during that two-year period, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures.

In 2009, the former head coach opened an external bank account for proceeds from the football program’s golf tournament without the permission of the college president. He used this account for both football-related expenses, such as recruiting trips, and personal expenses, including paying for a traffic ticket and other unknown uses. The former coach also maintained two other outside bank accounts to pay concession workers and for recruiting expenses. When asked, the former head coach did not reveal the location of the golf tournament money and the existence of the outside bank accounts.

The former athletic director attended the football fundraisers, but failed to monitor and adequately track the approximately $30,000 raised by the golf tournaments. The committee noted that the former athletic director and former head coach were not aware that an outside account could lead to NCAA violations, and noted that the absence of a rules education program contributed to the violations.

The former head coach gave $250 from the external account to two student-athletes. On one occasion, the former head coach gave a student-athlete $150 to settle a school bill. On another occasion, the former head coach provided $100 to a student-athlete so he could purchase health insurance. As a long-time NCAA coach, the committee found that the former head coach knowingly violated the basic tenet of amateurism by providing money to student-athletes.

The former head coach did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules when he provided false or misleading information to the school about the existence of two of the three outside bank accounts and gave money to student-athletes when he knew it was against NCAA rules.

Because the former athletics director and the school did not monitor the creation or use of the outside bank accounts, its lack of a rules education program and the absence of a system for monitoring athletics department operations, Chadron State lacked institutional control.

Penalties include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Three years of probation from Nov. 6, 2013, through Nov. 5, 2016.
  • A $5,000 fine.
  • A vacation of results for the football program for the 2011 and 2012 football seasons. The public report contains further details.
  • A two-year show cause order for the former head coach. During this period, the committee restricts athletically-related duties of the former head coach at his current NCAA school, as detailed by his current employing school. The public report contains the further details.
  • A two-year show cause order for the former director of athletics. During this period, the committee restricts athletically related duties of the former director of athletics should he be employed by an NCAA school.
  • A reduction of paid official visits by 15 for the football program, from 75 to 60, for the 2013-14 academic year (self-imposed by the school).
  • Withholding of one full-time coach from recruiting off-campus for the spring and fall 2013 recruiting periods (self-imposed by the school).
  • An external audit of the school’s athletics program will be conducted (self-imposed by the school).

 

Members of the Division II Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the committee who reviewed this case are Douglas D. Blais, faculty athletic representative, Southern New Hampshire; Jean Paul Bradshaw II, attorney; Bridget E. Lyons, associate director of athletics, Barry; Julie A. Rochester, chair of the DII Committee on Infractions and faculty athletic representative and associate professor, Northern Michigan; Carey J. Snyder, associate director of athletics, East Stroudsburg (Pa.); and Harry O. Stinson III, assistant athletic director, Kentucky State.