The Iowa State Cyclones basketball and football programs are in a little bit of trouble. The NCAA has alleged that “major” violations happened in the athletic department. Iowa State has tried to do their best to put out the fire before it spread, but it looks like the NCAA is having none of that self-imposed nonsense that everyone loves so much.
Iowa State did their own investigation on their programs. What they found, well, was some things that they were not allowed to do. Basically, coaches made 1,484 impermissible phone calls to recruits. The university has claimed that none of those calls lasted over three minutes and has already recommended that the NCAA put them on two year’s worth of probation.
Two NCAA compliance experts, however, think that will not be enough to satisfy the governing body’s thirst for misguided justice.
John Infante, a compliance expert, thinks that the school may be in danger of losing a few scholarships as well as head coach Fred Hoiberg being suspended up to three games next season. Hoiberg was not alleged to be involved with any of the impermissible phone calls, but the NCAA likes to push that whole ‘holding head coaches responsible for their underlings’ actions type of thing. You know, the complete opposite of what Mark Emmert does.
There is no timetable as to when any more sanctions would be handed down. All the Cyclones can do now is wait for the NCAA to decide what is the right way to go about not exploiting recruits — right before they become exploited in college.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone