Comparison of Texas Tech's Self-Imposed Sanctions with Those Enacted by the NCAA

August 4, 1998

Sport Texas Tech's Self-Imposed Sanctions NCAA Actions
Football 1. Withdrew from 1997 Big 12 championship game.
2. Postseason bowl ban in 1997.
3. Initial scholarship awards cut by:
  • 8 for 1998-1999 year; and
  • 6 for 1999-2000 year.
[from 25 per year]
4. Official recruiting visits cut by 22 (from 62 to 40) for 1997-98 year.
5. Coaches recruiting off-campus cut by 2 (from 7 to 5) during 12/97-1/98 evaluation period.
6. Evaluation days for May 1998 cut by 5 (from 20 to 15).
1. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction.
2. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction.
3. REVISED: In addition to self-imposed cuts for 1998-1999 and 1999-2000, initial scholarship awards for 2000-2001 cut by 4.
4. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction.
5. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction.
6. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction.
7. NEW: Total number of scholarships allowed per year cut by 5 (from 85 to 80) for 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 years.
8. NEW: Show-cause requirement regarding a former assistant coach for 3 years.
Men's Basketball 1. Withdrew from 1997 NCAA tournament.
2. Forfeited all 11 conference victories from 1996-97 season.
3. Scholarships cut by a total of 6 over 3 years (from 13 per year).
4. Return of all revenue gained from 1996 NCAA tournament, with forfeiture of games in which ineligible players participated.
1. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction. 2. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction. 3. REVISED: Scholarships cut by a total of 7 (instead of 6) over 3 years, with at least 2 cut per year.
4. REVISED: Tech's appearance in the 1996 NCAA tournament is "vacated," with 90% of the revenue gained by Tech from that tournament forfeited.
Women's Basketball Scholarships cut by 1 (from 15 to 14) for 1998-99 season. REVISED: In addition to the 1998-99 reduction, scholarships cut by 1 for the 1999-2000 season.
Baseball Scholarships cut by:
  • 3.00 for 1999-2000;
  • 3.00 for 2000-2001; and
  • 1.67 for 2001-2002.
[from 11.7 per season]
REVISED: Accepted Tech's scholarship cuts for 1999-2000 and 2000-2001, but increased the 2001-2002 reductions to 3.00 (instead of 1.67).
Men's Golf Scholarships cut by:
  • 0.40 for 1998-99 year; and
  • 0.32 for 1999-2000 year.
[from 4.5 per year]
Accepted Texas Tech's sanctions.
Men's Track Scholarships cut by 2.36 (from 12.6 to 10.24) for 1998-99 year. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction.
In General 1. Probation of 3 years.
2. Implementation of various compliance reviews, audits and rules education programs.
3. Forfeiture of games in which ineligible student-athletes competed.
1. REVISED: Probation of 4 years (instead of 3).
2. Accepted Texas Tech's sanctions.
3. Accepted Texas Tech's sanction.
4. NEW: Public reprimand and censure of Tech.
5. NEW: Tech required to continue to develop a comprehensive athletics compliance education program, with annual reports to the NCAA Committee on Infractions during the probationary period.
6. NEW: Recertification of current athletics policies and practices.


  • Terminated the employment of the assistant director of athletics for compliance.
  • Terminated the employment of the assistant director of student services.
  • Accepted the resignation of the assistant director of athletics for academic services.
  • Accepted the resignation of the associate director of athletics for academic services.
  • Accepted the resignation of an assistant football coach.
  • Hired a certification officer in the registrar's office, an associate director of financial aid responsible for student-athlete financial aid, an associate athletics director for compliance, an associate athletics director for student services, an assistant director for compliance, and a counselor specialist to serve as athletics department liaison to the certification officer.
  • Increased the academic services staff for student-athletes.
  • Improved the system for certifying student-athlete eligibility by transferring certification responsibilities to the Office of the Registrar, training academic officials in the use of new satisfactory progress forms, implementing a "hold" system to prevent student-athletes from dropping below full-time enrollment, implementing a computerized system for certifying eligibility, and implementing internal audits of the certification process.
  • Improved the monitoring of financial aid by creating shared responsibility between the Office of Student Financial Aid and the athletics department compliance office, revising the institution's method of calculating the value of a full grant-in-aid, implementing a system to "hold" the disbursement of outside and non-athletics institutional aid until such aid can be validated for compliance with NCAA legislation, implementing worksheets to evaluate outside financial aid, and implementing internal audits of financial aid.
  • Enhanced its rules education programs for student-athletes, coaches, and representatives of the institution's athletics interests.
  • Installed a new telephone system in the athletics department that requires the entry of a personal identification number for long distance calls.

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