Husky Football Blog
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January 21, 2009 5:19 PM
Posted by Bob Condotta
A University of Washington official said this afternoon that the school will self-report one violation"where we did two things wrong,'' as a result of recruiting visits this weekend.
John Morris, the school's senior associate athletic director for compliance, said the school had two violations of an NCAA rule regarding simulating game-day environments during visits this weekend.
Specifically, he said UW violated the rule by renting a fog machine to pour out fog and playing its siren while recruits ran out of the tunnel, simulating how they might be introduced were they to become Huskies. Morris said an allegation that the recruits also received personalized jerseys is "100 percent'' not true. Players are allowed to be shown jerseys in a locker, but not to be provided with jerseys. "That did not happen,'' he said.
Morris said UW will self-report the violations to the Pac-10 and the NCAA. He said the precedent for penalties for such violations is a letter of admonishment and rules training for the coaches involved and he expects that to be the situation in this case. He said the latter has already essentially happened as coaches have been refreshed on the rules. The violations came to light after several recruits were quoted speaking about them in stories on web sites devoted largely to recruiting.
Morris said UW coaches thought the fog machine did not violate the rule since it is not currently a regular part of UW's game-day environment.
"They were just looking for a way to make the visits fun,'' he said.
Morris said he is confident there were no other violations related to the visits.
Morris said he spoke with new UW coach Steve Sarkisian on Tuesday about the matter.
"He was remorseful and regretted that it happened and said if he had known it was going to be a violation it never would have happened,'' Morris said.
Morris said the violation "will not impact UW's ability to recruit or sign to letters of intent'' any of the players involved.
"This is clearly not on the more serious end of the scale,'' he said.
The rule in question, 126.96.36.199, is relatively new, adopted in 2004 after Morris said schools were "trying to one-up each other with this sort of thing.''