Lamar looking into possible NCAA violation
BEAUMONT, Texas (AP)
The Indianapolis Star reported that Indiana high school players Donnell Minton and Jason Smith, who both verbally committed to Lamar, talked with Bob Knight by phone during a recent campus visit. Pat Knight, who played for his father at Indiana in the early 1990s, was hired by Lamar in April after he was fired by Texas Tech.
The Star reported that Pat Knight called his father, then handed the phone to the recruits.
Lamar interim athletics director and compliance officer Jason Henderson said Thursday the school has been investigating since the newspaper contacted the athletics department.
''We're going over everything, and doing all our research, to make sure we get everything correct,'' Henderson said in a phone interview. ''We're moving forward as fast as we can.''
NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said in an email that, ''Generally speaking, telephone calls to prospects can only be made by coaching staff members or those listed in the exceptions.'' Those exceptions include the school's president or chancellor, academic advisors and compliance officers.
NCAA rules state that ''All telephone calls made to and received from a prospective student-athlete (or the prospective student-athlete's parents, legal guardians or coaches) must be made and received by the head coach or one or more of the assistant coaches who count toward the numerical limitations.''
Henderson says Lamar is evaluating what NCAA rule or rules may apply to this case.
''There's a lot of information,'' Henderson said. ''We just want to make sure we get it all right.''
The Cardinals started practicing on Friday. Lamar went 13-17 last season.