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ASU self-reports recruiting violations surrounding Isaiah Crowell

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ASU Running Back Isaiah Crowell during 2012 season Copyright 2012 WSFA 12 News.  All rights reserved. ASU Running Back Isaiah Crowell during 2012 season Copyright 2012 WSFA 12 News. All rights reserved.

WSFA 12 News has learned Alabama State University committed secondary NCAA violations during the recruitment of running back Isaiah Crowell. Coaches and administrators at ASU had impermissible contact with Crowell before he was cleared by the University of Georgia to speak with other universities.

In August, ASU self-reported the violations to the NCAA in a document obtained by WSFA 12 News.  WSFA 12 News has learned the NCAA found the university committed the violations, accepted the university's report and called the case closed.  Crowell was cleared to play for the entire season.

According to the University's self-violation report, Crowell was released from the University of Georgia's football team on June 29th.  On June 30th, Head Coach Reggie Barlow and Director of Football Operations Craig Payne began making phone calls to Crowell and his mother.

The university's own investigation found that telephone contact was made before the coaches had permission to speak with Crowell about coming to Alabama State University.

Crowell and his mother visited campus on July 3rd, and Crowell enrolled at the university on July 5th.

Sources tell WSFA 12 News other coaches in the SWAC became suspicious about Crowell's recruitment and on July 10th, the SWAC office requested the university to investigate possible NCAA rules violations.

The university found that during the course of its six-week investigation, Barlow and Payne initially provided inaccurate testimony about when they received what's called a permission to contact letter from Crowell's family sent by the University of Georgia.

Two weeks into the investigation Barlow then acknowledged to university officials:  "providing inaccurate information wasn't right, and stated that he did not want to cover it up, or keep covering it up and try to get around something that should not have happened," according to the report. 

In the end, the university's investigation found Barlow and Payne committed two secondary violations.  It declined to find the two committed an unethical conduct violation -which could have carried more severe penalties.  That's because Barlow and Payne acknowledged their mistake in subsequent interviews. 

Some of the self-imposed penalties and corrective measures the university promised to put in place were:

A letter of admonishment to Barlow and Payne, a rules workshop with football staff,  a ban keeping Payne from recruitment activities for two weeks and a ban keeping Barlow from making recruiting phone calls for one week.

According to the report, Barlow and Payne claimed their misunderstanding of NCAA legislation contributed to the rules violations. The university found Barlow and Payne failed to share their intent to recruit Crowell with the compliance office, which then could not monitor and provide guidance during the recruiting process.

When reached by telephone, Barlow declined to comment on the issue.  WSFA 12 News has also reached out to Alabama State University officials about the story, but has not heard back yet.

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