Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher has landed his football team on one year probation for violating NCAA rules.

I'm not one for all the rules that college sports have to abide by. There are so many that it's a wonder anyone would want to be a coach that would have to not only know all the rules, but also have to make sure everyone in the organization is following the rules at all times.

 from FOX 44 News reports that Texas A&M’s football program will have to serve a one year probation for breaking a couple of those rules. The NCAA has rules regarding recruiting and athletic activities, including how much time a team can practice in a week. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher must have forgotten some of those rules, as the NCAA has placed the Texas A&M football program on a one year probation for violating the NCAA policies regarding recruiting and practicing.

The violations happened over a 13 month period, Jan.of 18 to Feb. of 19, and included both prohibited communication with a recruit and extended practice time by seven hours a week.

In addition to the year long probation, Texas A&M will not be able to recruit any high school players through the end of the 2022 school year.

According to NCAA, here is the complete punishment.

  • One year of probation.
  • A fine of $5,000.
  • A reduction in football official visits by 17 days during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • An off-campus recruiting ban for the entire football coaching staff for November 2019, which reduced the permissible evaluation days for the 2019-20 academic year by 19.
  • A seven-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 spring off-campus recruiting period and a 10-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 fall off-campus recruiting period.
  • The university ended its recruitment of the prospect.
  • A ban on recruiting any prospects from the prospect's high school for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-222 academic years.
  • A six-month show-cause order for the head coach. The terms of the show-cause order include a previously served nine-day ban on phone calls, emails or texts with prospects in January 2020; a reduction in off-campus recruiting contact days by three for the December 2019 through January 2020 contact period; a ban on all off-campus recruiting activities for the fall 2020 contact period; additional one-on-one rules education; and a public statement from the head coach addressing the violations.
  • A six-month show-cause order for the assistant coach. The terms of the show-cause order include a previously served nine-day ban on phone calls, emails or texts with prospects in January 2020; a reduction in off-campus recruiting contact days by three for the December 2019 through January 2020 contact period; a ban on all off-campus recruiting activities for the fall 2020 contact period; and additional one-on-one rules education.

 

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