Texas Tech admits to violating NCAA rules

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech University self-reported a violation of NCAA rules in July involving impermissible text messages to recruits.

The violations were discovered during a routine review by the Texas Tech Athletics Department's Compliance Office of cell-phone records from Texas Tech coaches. Per University policy, a thorough review was conducted by a committee appointed by President Guy Bailey.

NCAA rules bar the sending of any text messages to prospective student athletes until after a student has signed a national letter of intent with the university. The violations occurred in the sports of softball, men's golf and football. Many of the self-imposed penalties have been fulfilled. The review revealed no violations in the other 14 sports.

"Texas Tech takes NCAA rules very seriously," said Brian Shannon, the university faculty athletic representative to the NCAA and Charles Thornton Professor of Law. "We continually conduct monitoring and internal reviews. The end result of the current review is that we found violations and are treating them with the seriousness they deserve."

"The university has self-imposed penalties and sent a comprehensive report on its review to the NCAA and to the Big 12 Conference," said Bailey. "Texas Tech remains committed to compliance with NCAA rules."

Texas Tech will continue to work with the NCAA and Big 12 Conference as this matter is reviewed.

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