NCAA LSDBi

Major Infractions Case

University of Texas at El Paso

April 20, 2021

Pursuant to Bylaw 19.5.12.4, this negotiated resolution has no precedential value. The UTEP softball and football programs committed violations. The university, former softball head coach and NCAA enforcement staff agreed the former softball head coach provided additional practice time or individual workouts to student-athletes, exceeding daily and weekly hour limitations for such activities. The former softball head coach also failed to provide a mandatory weekly day off for student-athletes. Additionally, the parties agreed that the former softball coach allowed graduate assistants to provide skills instruction to student-athletes during extra workout sessions, regular practices and occasional competitions. This resulted in the program exceeding the maximum allowable countable coaches in at least four separate academic years, from the 2016-17 academic year through November 2019.

One year of probation; a $5,000 fine; a one-year show-cause order for the former softball head coach, including a four-week suspension from all coaching activities and a suspension from 15% of regular- season contests at any school that employs her; a one-year show-cause order for the football head coach, including a four-day suspension from all coaching activities and a 10-day suspension from off-campus recruiting during the 2020-21 football contact period; a reduction in permissible countable athletically related activities hours in softball from 20 to 18 during the regular season and from eight to seven during the off-season during the 2021-22 academic year; a reduction in the number of softball countable coaches by one for six days of practice during the 2021-22 academic year; and a reduction in the number of football countable coaches by one for six days of practice during the 2021-22 academic year.


Football ,  Softball

II

Television: 0 yrs
Reduction in Financial Aid: No
Postseason: 0 yrs
Recruiting: No
Probation: 1 yrs
Show Cause Penalty: Yes
 
Vacation of Record: No