Monday, April 9th, 2012 at 5:58 pm  |  18 responses

Baylor Faces Possible Major NCAA Sanctions

by David Cassilo / @dcassilo

The glory days of Baylor basketball may be coming to an abrupt end. On Monday, ESPN.com learned that the Baylor men’s and women’s program is facing possible NCAA sanctions for making an improper amount of phone calls to recruits.

A 29-month NCAA investigation uncovered more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages made to recruits. This comes on the heels of a 40-0 season and national championship by the women’s team and an Elite Eight appearance for the men.

At the center of the investigation is Brittney Griner, who won the women’s Wooden Award this season.

From ESPN.com:

The NCAA’s probe of Baylor began in October 2008, when women’s basketball player of the year Griner, then a high school senior, and her father, Ray, reported information concerning their contacts with members of the women’s basketball staff that were potentially impermissible.

Griner and her father provided the information during an interview with the NCAA enforcement staff in conjunction with the NCAA Top Prospect Program. The now-defunct program required staff members to interview top high school girls’ and boys’ basketball and football players in the nation.

Baylor has already self-imposed sanctions on itself, including eliminating scholarships from both teams.

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  • r2j

    Not a good look for Baylor after great basketball by boys and girls squad. Definately not a good look for Baylor recruits.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    NCAA: Let’s punish future students for violations that had nothing to do with them. Brilliant.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    Dang I was hoping to see Deuce run it this year!

  • Buujangles

    Didn’t something like this happen about 10 years ago with Baylor? I read the Baylor article in Slam and remember reading it.

  • http://Google Shano From The Wickid

    Can Brittany declare for the draft? Anyone?

  • http://www.nbadraft.net Showtime

    No buu, not like this 10 years ago a baylor player patrick Dennehy was murder by his then teammate carl dotson. & coach bliss was found out to be making improper payments to players. This is just text and calling recruits a little more then said others…

  • http://www.nicekicks.com Chris

    My god the NCAA is such a scam.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    The NCAA only finds out about these things after they finish making money. Funny how PJ3 declared for the draft and Brittney finished leading her team to an undefeated season within a two week time frame of the investigation wrapping up. It is always the same thing: They will take the wins away. They will take the awards away. They won’t give the fans their money back.

  • T-Money

    so we’re talking about phone calls, not even money? kthxbye.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    watch quincy miller enter the draft

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    The NCAA can kiss Brittney Griner’s @ss. I f*cking hope she not only held thousands of phone calls with recruiters, but that she also got straight up PAID and secured herself endorsements and an agent all while playing in that joke of a league. No disrespect to the fine young players, of course. Just the league/brand itself.

  • Conor O.

    Cancelling scholarships for excessive texting? An unbelievable disgrace.

  • toinefan88

    Weak move by NCAA. You wait until one week after the season is over and they’ve made all their money before they “uncover” these things. What a joke.

  • Waggle

    F*ck the Ncaa for this kind of b.s. Relax all these damn overbearing rules.

  • TECH

    Why is the NCAA restricting young athletes to play the game that they love, and I can imagine how these young people feel. CHILL WITH THE EXCESSIVE RULES FOR YOUNG ATHLETES, AND THEIR COACHES. LET DEM PLAY.

  • Top$helf

    I got sanctioned by my woman for sending impermissible texts to other chicks

  • BostonBaller

    I agree with most of you in the fact that once the ncaa makes their money they lower the boom. what a joke. I also love the fact that even though pretty much every major program probably did the same thing as far as calls & texts they go after Baylor (where is the pressure coming from?) The ncaa says it’s ok for programs to go watch 4th graders play ball and follow them like stalkers but the programs can’t call/text too much in fear of being slammed.

  • Dungeon Family

    I guess Britney Forgot to Tuck them Nuts in and somebody snitched