Iowa State Swimming Hit With NCAA Recruiting Sanctions

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 2

September 08th, 2013 Big 12, College, News

The Iowa State athletics department was hit with huge, sweeping sanctions by the NCAA late last week after all 18 of the school’s athletics programs were found to have made impermissible phone calls to recruits.

The full report, outlining over 1,800 impermissible calls, can be found here, but our focus will be on swimming.

Between July of 2008 and April of 2011, there were 121 phone calls made to 64 recruits by teams in the “miscellaneous sports category” that includes wrestling, women’s swimming, women’s soccer, women’s gymnastics, women’s golf, and women’s volleyball. 111 of those calls were not logged as to be tracked for permissibility of NCAA rules.

The additional 10 calls were singled out for specifically more heinous violations, one of which belonged to swimming. In September of 2010, a “women’s swimming and diving coach” made one call to a prospect who had already been called one time in the legislated time period.

Iowa State already placed a one-week sanction on their women’s swimming program in 2011, where coaches were barred from initiating contact with recruits, they were hit with a second week-long sanction by the NCAA, which expired on Saturday, September 7th. This means that if you were expecting a call from the Iowa State coaches last week, this is why it never came.

The full 2013-2014 schedule for Iowa State, who finished 5th at last year’s Big 12 Championship meet, can be seen below:

Date Opponent Location Time (CST) Results Media
  Fri, Oct 04  Intra Squad Ames, Iowa   6:00 p.m.  
  Sat, Oct 12  Nebraska Lincoln, Neb.   1:00 p.m.  
  Fri, Oct 18  South Dakota State Brookings, S.D.   6:00 p.m.  
  Sat, Oct 19  South Dakota Vermillion, S.D.   1:00 p.m.  
  Fri, Nov 01  Nebraska-Omaha Omaha, Neb.   6:00 p.m.  
  Fri, Nov 08  TCU * Ames, Iowa   5:00 p.m.  
  Fri, Nov 22 –
 Sun, Nov 24
 Kansas Invitational (Swimmers Only) Topeka, Kan.   All Day  
  Fri, Dec 06 –
 Sun, Dec 08
 Iowa Invitational (Divers Only) Iowa City, Iowa   All Day  
  Fri, Dec 13  Iowa (Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series) Ames, Iowa   6:00 p.m.  
  Wed, Jan 01 –
 Wed, Jan 08
 Georgia Diving Invite & Winter Training Athens, Ga.   All Day  
  Sat, Jan 04 –
 Sat, Jan 11
 Winter Training (Swimmers Only) Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.   All Day  
  Fri, Jan 17  Illinois Ames, Iowa   4:00 p.m.  
  Sat, Jan 25  UNI Cedar Falls, Iowa   1:00 p.m.  
  Sat, Feb 01  Ohio Athens, Ohio   12:00 p.m.  
  Sat, Feb 01  West Virginia * Athens, Ohio   12:00 p.m.  
  Fri, Feb 07  Kansas * Ames, Iowa   6:00 p.m.  
  Sat, Feb 08  Kansas (Senior Day) * Ames, Iowa   10:00 a.m.  
  Wed, Feb 26 –
 Sat, Mar 01
 Big 12 Women’s and Men’s Championship * Austin, Texas   All Day  
  Sun, Mar 02  Last Chance Meet Austin, Texas   TBA  
  Mon, Mar 10 –
 Wed, Mar 12
 NCAA Zone ‘D’ Diving Championships Minneapolis, Minn.   All Day  
  Thu, Mar 20 –
 Sat, Mar 22
 NCAA Women’s Championships Minneapolis, Minn.   All Day  

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So the NCAA considers one extra call in a week, probably from oversight and probably not intentional, a “heinous violation” ??

And people wonder why the NCAA is broken?

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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