South Carolina football coaches twice contacted athletes when they shouldn't have, among the eight NCAA secondary violations reported since January that the athletic department released on Friday.
The school said the NCAA granted all requests to restore athlete eligibility in the violations. South Carolina routinely releases its secondary violations and wellness report. It did not identify any of the coaches or athletes involved in NCAA violations or its drug testing program.
The university reported on Jan. 29 that the football coaching staff had contact with a prospective athlete on a competition day in another sport. Then on March 7 South Carolina said its football staff contacted a prospect, ``outside of the permissible contact period.''
Another violation, reported in April, concerned the use of a picture of a current athlete in a football camp brochure, also against NCAA rules.
Last semester, the school also reported three secondary violations involving the football program - one of which dealt with longtime practice of football coach Steve Spurrier's wife sending her good wishes to prospects who had signed with her husband's teams.
The other violations from the current semester were:
- A baseball player practiced and played while not enrolled full-time.
- A men's track athlete practiced and competed while not enrolled full-time.
- Two women's soccer players competed for an outside team before the end of the final exam period.
- The volleyball coaching staff conducted required athletically related activities the week before final exams.
- A women's tennis player competed as part of a team in a league considered professional.
Five of the secondary violations were classified as Level I, which means reports are sent from the Southeastern Conference to the NCAA enforcement staff for review. The rest are Level II, which the league office forwards to the NCAA at the end of the academic year.
Also, South Carolina reported six positive tests for marijuana and one for a prescription drug without an authorized prescription.
The athletic department said it conducted 41 tests for anabolic steroids and 200 for drugs of abuse during the past six months.
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