Pitt Athletics Placed On Probation By NCAA For Violations

 No post-season bans or scholarship reductions. 

Jeff Hathhorn
February 20, 2020 - 12:23 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Pitt athletics has been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA. 

It comes from self-reported violations of Kevin Stallings hiding footage of illegal practices and recruiting enticements and Pat Narduzzi using quality control personnel to help in practice drills which means they exceeded the legal number of countable coaches.

 No post-season bans or scholarship reductions. 

Heather Lyke said they are confident they will avoid such situations in the future.

“Pitt Athletics is steadfastly committed to integrity and NCAA rules compliance. A reflection of that strong commitment is the fact that, upon discovering these violations, we immediately provided a self-report to the NCAA and began a cooperative and thorough review. While disappointed in the violations, I am confident that our already-strong culture of compliance will help each of our programs avoid such situations in the future.”

 “As head coach of the University of Pittsburgh football program, I am wholeheartedly committed to following NCAA rules and preventing these types of issues from happening again. I fully recognize my responsibility in what occurred and, equally important, how those missteps will be corrected as we proceed forward,” said Narduzzi.

The violations include:

  • Between June 2016 and March 2018, the former head men’s basketball coach instructed and permitted non-coaching staff members to regularly perform NCAA-defined coaching duties that included providing coaching instruction to men’s basketball student-athletes at practice, leading film review sessions with student-athletes and providing coaching input at halftime of competitions. As a result, the men’s basketball program exceeded the permissible number of countable coaches. 
  • At the direction of the former head coach, the men’s basketball program actively attempted to hide the violations and intentionally deleted practice film to avoid detection of such violations.
  • Between May 2017 and September 2017, the men’s basketball program produced personalized recruiting videos for 12 men’s basketball prospective student-athletes, showing the videos to prospects during their visits to campus.
  • Between August 2015 and November 2017, the head football coach was present at the football practice facility when three quality control members engaged in impermissible coaching activities, which included occasionally throwing footballs and holding play cards for the scout teams during practices. As a result, the football program exceeded the permissible number of countable coaches.
  • The head football coach asked a quality control staff member to help out during a segment of practice drills occurring between October 22, 2017, and November 23, 2017. As a result, the football program exceeded the permissible number of countable coaches.

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