Sports Briefs

July 5, 2012

McCaw named Athletic Director of the Year

Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw was named 2011-12 Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for the Football Bowl Subdivision's West Region in June after leading Baylor to the finest athletics season in school history.

McCaw was also one of five finalists for the SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Athletic Director of the Year, along with athletic directors from Arknsas, Michigan, Michigan State and Temple.

McCaw has led Baylor's athletic department since September 2003, during which time the Bears have captured 36 Big 12 titles and the university's first four team national championships. In McCaw's tenure at Baylor, only Texas and Texas A&M have won more conference titles than BU.

NCAA accepts Baylor's self-imposed penalties

After an investigation lasting more than three years, the NCAA in April accepted Baylor's self-imposed penalties in a case that focused mainly on impermissible recruiting text messages and telephone calls by the institution's basketball coaches.

During the course of the investigation, the institution and the NCAA enforcement staff reviewed nearly 900,000 phone and text message records, and determined that 738 text messages and 528 phone calls (approximately 0.1 percent) were determined impermissible.

The violations were deemed to be major in nature because the institution's coaches failed to document telephone calls where no contact was made with the prospect. The frequency of this record-keeping error and the volume of text messages sent to prospective student-athletes and family members also contributed.

While there was no discovery by either party of extra benefits being provided to any current, past or prospective student-athletes, the men's basketball portion of this investigation also focused on impermissible telephone and text messages. However, it was complicated by the unethical conduct findings against a former assistant men's basketball coach. These additional findings resulted in a charge of failure to monitor for the head men's basketball coach.

In June 2012, the NCAA eliminated the restrictions on phone calls and text messages that Baylor was punished for violating.

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