During his nine-year stint in Athens, I don’t remember Willie Martinez doing anything this dumb:
… According to documents obtained by the Tulsa World through open records laws, an unnamed student-athlete last July declined to sign a compliance department log documenting hours spent in voluntary offseason workouts. The student-athlete then asked to talk to a compliance director and played a recording during which Martinez asked why the student-athlete missed a voluntary workout.
“He didn’t record it,” the second source clarified. “What happened was (Martinez) left a message on his voicemail, and he kept the voicemail. That’s a big difference. It sounds sexier to print it like (it was recorded), but that’s not the way it happened.”
Trice was not named in the compliance department’s correspondence with the NCAA (the school redacts any student-athlete’s name before releasing documents to the media, but no student-athletes were named in these documents).
According to the documents, Martinez on the recording questioned an unnamed student-athlete about why he had missed a voluntary workout.
According to NCAA bylaws, members of the coaching staff are not allowed to monitor attendance or even inquire from members of the strength and conditioning staff about a players’ performance at voluntary workouts.
Leaving a voice mail recording of an NCAA violation – now there’s common sense at work. Maybe Willie thought the tape would self-destruct in five seconds, just like in Mission Impossible.