If the NCAA really wants to do something about “maintaining our game’s image and reflecting the ideals of the NCAA overall”, it seems to me a better place to turn its attention than eye black and on the field gestures would be here.
Improper phone calls and text messages to football recruits by two former athletic department staff members led the NCAA on Thursday to place the University of Central Florida football program on two years’ probation, the school and the NCAA jointly announced.
Former UCF recruiting administrator Ed Marynowitz and former director of player personnel Steve Rubio combined to place 209 improper phone calls and about 100 improper text messages to 27 football prospects and their parents, NCAA and UCF investigations found…
The school suffers with a two year-probation penalty. The bad actors? Not so much. They’ve moved on.
… Marynowitz is now the director of player personnel at the University of Alabama, while Rubio was a recruiting intern at the University of Tennessee last season. In the report, they were not named and were identified only by their positions at UCF.
They were not members of the school’s coaching staff and were not allowed to have any phone contact with recruits under NCAA rules. All college coaches were banned from sending text messages to recruits in August 2007…
That’s some system you’ve got there, guys. And while the staff members or the coach who employed them didn’t receive much of a penalty, the players – who, after all, aren’t the ones who supposedly spend money on compliance officers and training sessions – were looking down the barrel at a pretty serious threat of one.
Unauthorized phone calls and text messages by two former University of Central Florida football staff members nearly cost 27 players their eligibility.
UCF automatically deemed 27 football players ineligible when school officials learned that former recruiting administrator Ed Marynowitz and former director of player personnel Steve Rubio combined to place 209 improper phone calls and about 100 improper text messages to the prospects and their parents before they had signed letters of intent…
… The NCAA decided to reinstate the UCF football players contacted by Marynowitz before the start of the 2008 football season and the players contacted by Rubio before the start of the 2009 season, according to UCF documents obtained exclusively by the Orlando Sentinel.
Even the probation doesn’t strike me as much of a deterrent. After all, it’s not exactly like Rubio cleaned up his act when he went to work for Junior. Or that his services don’t continue to be valued.