Florida's Dan Mullen gets 1-year show-cause penalty for violating recruiting rules
The NCAA announced Tuesday that Florida's head coach Dan Mullen and his entire football program will be fined for multiple violations of the NCAA's recruitment rules. Mullen specifically “did not encourage an atmosphere of compliance”.
There were two distinct violations of the recruitment rules. The first time Mullen and his assistant coach had a meeting with a high school coach about their interest in a particular prospect while that prospect was actually in the room.
The university, the head football coach, an assistant coach, and NCAA law enforcement staff agreed that the assistant coach and head coach had improper personal contact with a prospect when they met with a prospect's high school coach while on the prospect was in the room. At the meeting, the Florida trainers expressed an interest in recruiting the prospect. In advance of this visit, the head coach sent in the prospectus texts about his upcoming high school visit and interest in prospectus recruiting. NCAA rules have been violated because off-campus contacts are not allowed until after a soccer prospect's junior high school year.
Florida head coach Dan Mullen received a one-year sentence for violating the NCAA's recruitment rules. (Photo by Doug Murray / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
The second violation occurred when seven non-school soccer teams visited the Florida campus and toured the facilities. The Florida coaching team had "improper contact with approximately 127 prospects" and "incidental improper contact" with several others.
The NCAA Division I Violation Committee imposed a number of penalties, but the largest landed on Mullen: a one-year show cause sentence.
A one-year show-cause assignment for the head football coach. During this period, the head coach is prohibited from imposing all off-campus recruiting activities during the fall 2020 assessment period and a four-day off-campus recruitment ban during the fall 2021 contact period.
In addition, Mullen and his assistant coach are required to take one-to-one classes on NCAA contract and assessment rules. The other penalties for Florida include a fine, one year probation, and various hiring restrictions for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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