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Clemson reported 15 NCAA violations in past year

COLUMBIA (AP) — Clemson reported 15 NCAA violations during the last academic year, although none of them were considered “severe” or “significant” — the two highest levels of infractions, according to the school’s violations report released to The Associated Press on Monday.

The report provided after an open records request did not include names of coaches or athletes involved, or most of the sports they played.

The violations cited included coaches and athletes in one sport receiving nearly $100 more on their NCAA championship per diem than allowed. Another violation described media members talking with prospects before the Florida State football game last October. A men’s soccer coach also resent a message on Twitter that included the social media name of a recruit.

Nine of the violations were considered Level III or “Breach of Conduct.” Those transgressions are considered “isolated or limited in nature; provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and do not include more than a minimal impermissible benefit,” according to the report. Such violations were reported directly to the NCAA.

Three violations were classified as Level IV, the least serious of four infraction categories. Those were reported to the Atlantic Coast Conference office.

Two other violations were handled by the NCAA’s Eligibility Center while one detailed an athlete using money from the Student Assistant Fund on impermissible items like food, gas and hotel costs. The NCAA found while that did not violate its rules, it might be against Clemson rules.

Clemson made the athlete pay back the money used on impermissible items and suspended the athlete from using the Student Assistance Fund for a semester

The school said corrective action was taken in each instance. Most of the time, the offending coach, assistant or athlete was given rules education. In the case of the team given too much per diem last March, the athletes and coaches had to pay back the extra $98 a day they used.

The school’s report said the error came from a misinterpretation of NCAA rules

The men’s soccer coach who re-Tweeted messages with a prospect’s social media name was given the “do’s” and “don’ts” of what’s permissible on Twitter. The offending messages were removed from the official men’s soccer account.

After media members spoke to two prospects before the Florida State loss this past October, Clemson separated media from standing in the recruits’ section on the sidelines.

Other Level III, ” Breach of Conduct” violations concerned a team practicing outside its playing season on January 20th, which was a day off for Clemson on Martin Luther King Day. Clemson said the head coach was unaware he couldn’t hold skill drills on a school holiday and the team took two days off from athletic-related activities as punishment.

Last September, an athlete wrongly received a meal valued at $12.25. The athlete was ineligible until it was paid back.

Those matters handled by the NCAA Eligibility Center included two prospects playing in impermissible contests before enrollment and after NCAA-allowed grace periods had run out. Both athletes lost a season of eligibility at Clemson.

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