University of Alabama Reports 27 Secondary Sports Violations

The University of Alabama reported 27 secondary rules violations in its athletic department over the last year, more than half tied to improper phone calls or text messages to recruits.

The Crimson Tide men’s basketball program was cited for six violations, while women’s basketball and football committed four infractions in the annual report of secondary violations listed on the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, school’s website. Women’s and men’s tennis, track and field, gymnastics, baseball, softball, men’s volleyball, soccer and the compliance department itself also were cited.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association defines secondary violations as isolated and inadvertent, and the governing body expects schools to find and report them each year, Erik Christianson, an NCAA spokesman, said in an e-mail. The NCAA doesn’t comment on specific secondary violations, Christianson said.

The violations don’t typically result in NCAA penalties. Alabama listed corrective actions it took in each instance, such as rules education, a letter of admonishment or temporary bans on contact with recruits.

The Crimson Tide football team won its second national championship in three years in January, beating Louisiana State 21-0.

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