MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - An investigation by the NCAA has revealed four violations committed by Alabama State University's softball team and the university.
According to the NCAA's Division 1 Committee on Infractions, ASU's former head coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA regulations. Student-athletes were allowed to take part in countable athletically related activities in excess of NCAA rules.
The NCAA also says the University failed to monitor the process that let student athletes purchase items from the bookstore which were not course-related books or supplies.
ASU officials said the committee determined that the university did not monitor student-athlete purchases inside the bookstore. The provision of extra benefits to 170 student-athletes during the 2011-12 academic year constituted a series of minor level III violations.
The NCAA adopted the institution's self-imposed two-year probation, which will commence from the date of its release. During the probation period, the COI will monitor the culture of compliance within the program.
ASU will also pay a $5,000 fine (which was self-imposed and adopted by the COI) to the NCAA.
The COI issued a one-year 'show cause order' against the former head softball coach as a result of the former coach's failure to prevent the softball student-athletes exceeding daily and weekly practice hour limitations.
In addition, the ASU Office of Compliance will submit reports to the NCAA on its continued commitment and progress to this process. The ASU Compliance Office will also provide a written notice to all prospective softball student-athletes in advance of their official visit outlining the NCAA violations, penalties, and prohibitions.
Below is a PDF of ASU's Public Infractions Decision: