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TTU statement: NCAA accepts Texas Tech's self-imposed penalties

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texas Tech admits to violations of NCAA rules by contacting athletes via text message.  The following is a statement from Texas Tech.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE:  Jan. 7, 2010

CONTACT: Chris Cook, chris.cook@ttu.edu          

Texas Tech University's self-imposed sanctions following the institution's discovery of text messaging violations within the athletics program have been accepted by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions. The text messaging to prospects occurred in the sports of football, softball, and men's golf from August 2007 – February 2009. The violations were detected internally by the Athletic Department's compliance office.

Texas Tech NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative and Law School professor Brian Shannon submitted the findings of an internal investigation to the NCAA in July 2009, and the University and the NCAA Enforcement Staff submitted a joint summary disposition report to the Infractions Committee in September of this year.

"We conducted a thorough internal investigation and self-reported the issues to the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference," Shannon said. "Additionally, we self-imposed significant penalties on the programs involved even prior to the submission of our self-report to the NCAA, and the vast majority of those penalties have been completed. We also cooperated fully with the NCAA and are pleased the NCAA determined that there was no lack of institutional control on the part of Texas Tech, nor any failure to properly monitor compliance with the rules by our compliance program."

In addition to penalties already served, the NCAA placed the university on two years probation and instituted additional reporting procedures during that period. The probationary period is standard for any major violation. Most of the coaches involved are no longer on the staff. The self-imposed penalties related to restrictions on recruiting in the three sports and included scholarship reductions.

"I think we have a very good group of coaches who are committed to following the rules," said Gerald Myers, Texas Tech director of athletics. "Obviously, some of our coaches and former coaches made mistakes, but we have a strong monitoring system in place and coaches who believe in doing the right thing.  Our coaches do a great job of emphasizing the importance of NCAA compliance with their assistants and student-athletes."

Texas Tech President Guy Bailey commended the athletics compliance office on their efforts to detect the violations. 

"I want to credit the compliance office in athletics for recognizing these issues and bringing them to our attention," Bailey said. "Their job is to ensure we maintain a healthy observance of the NCAA rules and provide our coaches and student-athletes an educated environment in which to work. Although we regret that these violations relating to the text messaging rule occurred, we have an unwavering commitment to rules compliance. I personally take this matter very seriously, and directed that a full investigation take place and appropriate sanctions be levied."

If you would like to read the full report: clickhere

Here is a statement released by Tommy Tuberville:

 "The infractions that occurred with football here at Tech happened between 2007 and early 2009, before I arrived as head coach.  Each of the coaches on this staff has a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations that pertain to the NCAA and the Big 12 Conference.  All of us here at Texas Tech are committed to running a program with the highest integrity and one that all Red Raider fans will be proud of.  With that being said, we are glad to have this behind us and are excited about our bowl win over Northwestern and the upcoming national signing period in February."

Tommy Tuberville, Head Football Coach

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