Baylor Gets Three Years Probation for NCAA Basketball Violations

Baylor University was put on three years probation because of recruiting violations by its men’s and national champion women’s basketball teams.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association also suspended men’s basketball coach Scott Drew for the first two Big 12 Conference games of the 2012-13 season for failing to monitor his team.

The NCAA penalized Baylor after an investigation found coaches made 528 phone calls and sent 738 text messages to recruits that weren’t permissible. The penalties were proposed by Baylor and accepted by the NCAA infractions committee.

“The report identifies mistakes in our staff’s (proper) recording of recruiting phone calls and sending inadvertent text messages to individuals related to prospects,” Drew said yesterday in a statement on the Baylor website. “Our program has taken steps to correct these mistakes and we are grateful that the NCAA has accepted those actions.”

The men’s team lost one scholarship, leaving it with 12 for the next two academic years. Official recruiting visits were reduced to seven from 12 for the 2012-13 academic year, with recruiting evaluation days cut to 115 from 130.

Women’s basketball coach Kim Mulkey, who led her team to a 40-0 record in winning the national championship this season, was barred from off-campus recruiting in July.

The women’s team also lost two scholarships, leaving it with 13 for the 2011-12 academic year. An assistant coach was banned from making recruiting calls from January through the end of this month.

To contact the reporter on this story: Curtis Eichelberger in Washington at ceichelberge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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