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Texas ST. Coach - FIRED

This is a Quote from a Texas state suppoter about the
team violations that lend to the firing of their coach and AD.


Just people I know that work in the AD. Nothing written, However this is the list of NCAA violations.
Believe me when I say this are not the real reasons he was fired.
The investigation concluded that on 14 days between Sept. 1, 2003 and Oct. 21 2003, the Bobcat football team exceeded the NCAA's maximum-allowed four hours of practice per day by a total of 26.25 hours.

Other violations the investigation turned up were:

A prospective student-athlete on an unofficial visit received transportation from a current student-athlete from Austin-Bergstrom Airport.

During the month of May, an assistant football coach had numerous impermissible phone contacts with a student-athlete at another NCAA or NAIA institution without receiving written permission.

During the month of May, an assistant football coach exceeded the permissible one phone call per week to a prospective student-athlete twice over a period of two weeks.

Matsakis released information to a member of the local media regarding a four-year college prospective athlete.

Between May 12 and Aug. 1, the coaching staff provided information and encouraged students to participate in voluntary summer conditioning programs. Also, several student-athletes exceeded the NCAA's maximum eight-hour weekly limit for participating in these conditioning activities.

On approximately two or three occasions, during the fall of 2003, three student-athletes were denied a day off from practice activities, and were required to run at 6 a.m. on their day off to assist in losing weight.

On Oct. 30, 2003, approximately 23 football student-athletes missed classes beginning at 12:30 p.m. as a result of the football staff scheduling a meeting at noon that day. This meeting was held in conjunction with the institution's preparation for a home game that evening. NCAA rules state practice activities can't be conducted when student-athletes have classes scheduled.

During several weekends of home football games during the fall of 2003, family members of two student-athletes received a $10 reduction in a room rate at the Holiday Inn Express in San Marcos. The family was given this rate since the university has a corporate account with the hotel. This is considered an extra benefit by the NCAA.

During the summer of 2003, a football student-athlete who did not sign a National Letter of Intent or a grant-in-aid, was allowed to participate in the summer conditioning program. The NCAA only allows prospective student-athletes who have signed a National Letter of Intent to participate in the summer conditioning program.

Although he was eligible under NCAA and university requirements, a student-athlete practiced and competed for Texas State during the 2003 football season while ineligible because the player's formal certification documents inadvertently had not been completed by the institution.

On Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, the football coaching staff allowed a strength and conditioning coach and two student support group members to have in-person, off-campus contact with a football prospective student-athlete and his father at a local restaurant during the prospect's unofficial visit to the institution. NCAA Bylaws state all in-person, off-campus recruiting contacts with a prospect shall be made only by authorized, certified institutional staff members.


This timing is very bad for what I thought was an up an coming program - A week before signing day.

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Texas ST. Coach - FIRED

The timing is terrible for the school. But from the recruits standpoint it couldn't have been better.
At least the didn't get locked into the NLI on 2/4 Wednesday.
Once they signed, they're stuck with whomever the coach may be.
They do have a choice now.
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This may have an impact for them for many years,
especially if they lose a lot of would be recruits.
I thought that this was an up and coming program.


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