The NCAA announced on Friday that former Alabama assistant coach Bo Davis has been handed a two-year show cause penalty for providing “false or misleading information about impermissible recruiting contacts.”
The NCAA’s Committee on Infractions concluded that Davis, unnamed in the release, “acted unethically” when he knowingly participated in an “impermissible meeting arranged by a booster with four prospects at their high school.”
The show-cause for Davis, currently at UT-San Antonio, begins immediately (April 14, 2017) and runs through April 13, 2019. It is not yet known how the penalty will affect Davis’ job with UTSA.
“The booster later initiated another impermissible meeting with three of the prospects on her own,” the NCAA release said. “The contacts provided the university with a recruiting advantage because, contrary to NCAA rules, the activity occurred before the end of the prospects’ junior year of high school and allowed the booster to recruit prospects.”
AL.com reports “Davis has maintained with the NCAA that the meeting wasn’t pre-arranged and that it consisted simply of Davis introducing himself upon urging from the players’ high school coach.”
Additionally, Alabama “committed Level III recruiting violations when a second former assistant football coach had impermissible off-campus contact with a recruit during an evaluation period and members of the football staff impermissibly allowed a prospect’s youth football coach to attend a recruiting visit at the prospect’s home.”
The university self-imposed an off-campus recruiting ban for 30 days for that assistant in 2015 and suspended him for a game.
The case was resolved through a summary disposition process, meaning the NCAA and Alabama agreed to the facts of the case. When approached about the violations by both the NCAA and Alabama, Davis denied his involvement despite corroboration of the events by two prospects and the high school’s football coach. Davis resigned as Alabama’s D-line coach last year.
Additional penalties, per the release, include…
- Public reprimand and censure for the university.
- A withholding of the former assistant coach and his replacement from off-campus recruiting and telephone contact for 39 days, from April 22 through May 31, 2016 (self-imposed by the university).
- A disassociation of the booster (self-imposed by the university).
- A $ 5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).