UI admits football committed secondary NCAA violation


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The Iowa athletics departments has reported that its football program inadvertently violated an NCAA off-season workout rule.

The Daily Iowan obtained documents including a letter dated Oct. 18 from Associate Athletics Director Fred Mims to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany in which Iowa self-reported the program’s accidental compliance failure.

In the letter, Mims said the football video staff posted a video to the Hawkeye athletics website that included footage of current players participating in summer conditioning workouts.

The incident was a violation of NCAA Bylaw 17.02.13, which prohibits mandatory summer workouts, but the aforementioned video was visible to anyone — including the team’s coaching staff. The violation — categorized as “Level II” — is not considered serious.

The video was removed after another NCAA institution informed the university compliance staff.

“The Iowa video and coaching staff indicated that the inclusion of students participating in summer activities was not a reporting mechanism for coaches,” Mims wrote. “The purpose of the video was to allow Iowa fans and supporters to follow the activities of the football program.”

After the NCAA requested Iowa self-investigate the video and its summer workout program, the university determined that the workouts were voluntary. Involved officials underwent NCAA rules education with compliance staff and wrote letters of admonishment as corrective actions.

Additionally, Mims wrote that the Iowa video staff has been told that all new video productions must be approved by the institutional compliance staff before being launched.

A voice mail left for Mims wasn’t returned Monday night.

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