Alabama head coach Dennis Pursley was not present at his team’s senior day celebration win over Emory on Saturday, and will not travel to their regular-season-closing meet against Georgia next weekend, the university announced on Saturday.
The school didn’t specify the violations, but they did refer to them as “Level 3 violations,” which is the new term the NCAA sues for “secondary violations.” The new NCAA enforcement structure has four levels of violations, with I being the most significant, and IV being the most minor.
It defines Level III violations as “A violation that is isolated or limited in nature; provides no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and does not include more than a minimal impermissible benefit. Multiple Level IV violations may collectively be considered a Level III violation.”
The NCAA’s violations structure, as proposed in January of 2012, can be seen here for some context about what these violations could be. Examples given by the NCAA include “Assistant women’s basketball coach telephoned a PSA prior to April of the PSA’s junior year in high school” or “Football program had personalized nameplates of PSAs hanging in locker room during PSA’s official visit.”
Pursley is in his second year as the head coach of Alabama, after a worldwide career that included most recently as the head of British Swimming.
This raises the possibility that, barring a change in the status of head coach Jack Bauerle, neither head coach will be on deck for next Saturday’s season-closing dual between Alabama and Georgia in Athens.
Pursley, at least, will be expecting a return for the SEC Champioships that begin in late February.