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NCAA Accepts Baylor’s Self-Imposed Penalties

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Streeter Lecka, Getty Images

The NCAA on Wednesday accepted Baylor’s self-imposed penalties and put the school on three years’ probation in an infractions case involving more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages by basketball coaches on both staffs to prep recruits.

The violations were considered to be major infractions. The NCAA said men’s coach Scott Drew failed to monitor his program and will be suspended for two Big 12 games next season in addition to recruiting restrictions.

Women’s coach Kim Mulkey, whose team won the national championship last week, also received recruiting restrictions.

Men’s assistant basketball coaches Paul Mills and Jerome Tang also were named in the report along with women’s basketball assistant coach Damion McKinney.

All the penalties were proposed by Baylor and accepted by the NCAA infractions committee. The investigation reviewed nearly 900,000 phone and text message records, and found that 738 texts and 528 calls were impermissible under NCAA rules.

The penalties self-imposed by Baylor include:

• Mulkey will be prohibited from recruiting off-campus for the entire summer recruiting period (July 1-31).

• McKinney hasn’t been allowed to make recruiting calls to prospective student-athletes since Jan. 1. The ban will be lifted on May 1.

• Baylor’s women’s basketball program lost two of its 15 scholarships in 2011-12.

• Baylor’s men’s program lost one scholarship for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

• Drew and Tang were prohibited from making recruiting calls from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29 of this year.

• The maximum number of official visits allowed to the men’s basketball team in 2012-13 was reduced from 12 to seven.

Baylor will have no more additional penalties other than those it self-imposed.

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