University of Iowa
May 20, 2020
Pursuant to Bylaw 188.8.131.52, this negotiated resolution has no precedential value. A former Iowa women’s volleyball head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he impermissibly gave $2,000 to a prospect. The former head coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance because of his personal involvement in the violations. The university, the former head coach and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed the violations occurred because the prospect, a transfer student-athlete, was not academically eligible to receive an athletics scholarship and needed assistance with living expenses while she took summer courses. The former head coach said he felt responsible for the prospect because he also had recruited her to play at her previous school and left before she enrolled.
One year of probation; a fine of $5,000; a reduction of women’s volleyball evaluation days by 3.75% for a total of 77 days; a two-year show-cause order for the former head coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply; the former head coach must be suspended from 30% of contests during the first year of the show-cause period; a vacation of records of contests in which the student-athlete participated while ineligible. The university must provide a written report containing the contests impacted to the NCAA media coordination and statistics staff within 14 days of the public release of the decision.