Report: Baylor exceeds call, text limit
WACO, Texas (AP)
The Baylor basketball programs may be in trouble with the NCAA after an investigation found coaches made more than 1,200 impermissible calls and text messages to prospects over a 29-month span dating to 2008.
ESPN.com reported the violations Monday, citing an NCAA report it obtained. NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told The Associated Press that the NCAA would not release the report or comment and Baylor officials did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment.
Citing the 66-page document from the school and the NCAA's enforcement committee, the report states men's and women's basketball coaches combined to send 738 impermissible text messages and place 528 impermissible calls from 2008-10.
The alleged violations on the women's side reportedly started during the recruitment of star center Brittney Griner, who just led the Lady Bears to a 40-0 championship season.
Baylor has already self-imposed penalties for the impermissible contacts, including a loss of recruiting time for men's coach Scott Drew and women's coach Kim Mulkey. The women's team lost two scholarships in 2011-12, while the men lost one scholarship in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
The calls and texts are being viewed as major violations, according to the report, given the amount and frequency of the contacts. The NCAA could now choose to add penalties to the ones already levied by the school.
The NCAA accused the university of failing to monitor its athletic programs, with a separate failure to monitor an allegation against Drew for not keeping tabs on his assistant coaches' recruiting activities.
The NCAA also found 405 more impermissible contacts across nine other Baylor sports, including football, in 2011.
Baylor is coming off a historic athletic year that was capped by the Lady Bears' national title victory last week. The men's team reached the Elite Eight for the second time in three seasons, and the football team won its first bowl game since 1992 behind Heisman-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Newscore contributed to this report