Utah's men's basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and is facing recruiting restrictions after the NCAA determined it committed multiple recruiting violations during the spring of 2018.
The NCAA's Committee on Infractions released its ruling on Tuesday after an investigation revealed that an associate head coach at Utah conducted impermissible on- and off-campus recruiting violations that were Level II in nature, the second-most severe violation in the eyes of the governing body. The NCAA also found that head coach Larry Krystkowiak failed to monitor his staff appropriately in the manner, leading to a second Level II violation. From the NCAA's ruling:
The recruiting violations occurred over a seven-day period in April 2018. According to the committee, an assistant coach misapplied recruiting rules and believed off-campus recruiting activities were allowed during a quiet period. Acting on the misunderstanding, the committee said the assistant coach conducted an evaluation of a recruit at a community college, and the full men's basketball coaching staff visited a second recruit at his high school during the quiet period.
The committee found that the associate head coach coordinated with a local community college's men's basketball head coach to get the high school prospect to the university's campus for a visit. The community college paid for the prospect to visit the community college. While the prospect was in the area, he also visited the Utah campus, according to the committee.
Due to the unnamed associate head coach's misunderstanding, the head coach of the community college in question arranged for a prospect's trip and subsequently became a booster when he paid for the visit, according to NCAA rules. Because the coach became a booster in the case, the coach's contact with the prospect -- and the money spent to bring the prospect to the state and, later to the University of Utah -- violated recruiting rules. Because the community college paid for the prospect's visit to the university, the visit was classified as an official visit, causing Utah to exceed the maximum allowable number of official visits to exercise during a recruiting calendar.