Minor rules violations aren’t seen as a huge deal amongst athletic departments, provided that there aren’t a massive number of them. If anything, finding and self-reporting such mistakes to the NCAA is seen as a sign that the school’s compliance department is doing its best to make sure that its coaches, administrators and athletes remain mindful of the rules.
Friday it was reported by the Tuscaloosa News that the Alabama athletic department self-reported 13 Level III or Level IV violations to the NCAA between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Football was responsible for a department-high five secondary infractions, and men’s basketball was among the programs to be reported as well.
The men’s basketball program and Crimson Tide Productions violated NCAA rules for using a prospect’s image to create a personalized recruiting aid during the player’s official visit.
Secondary violations generally don’t result in much more than additional education for the rule violator, and in this instance there was also a letter of admonition written by the school (who committed the violation was not disclosed). Not a huge deal for those involved; it simply serves as a reminder of the rules while also showing that compliance is doing its part to make sure those rules are being followed.