Track assistant resigns after NCAA violation
Melissa Miller, an assistant coach for USF's track and field teams, resigned Tuesday following the university reporting a secondary recruiting violation to the NCAA involving a distance runner from Canada.
USF self-reported two secondary violations involving Adam Hortian, who accepted a $600 cash prize in February as winner of the Suncoast Classic Run for Kids 10-kilometer run in St. Petersburg, then continued to participate as an amateur in three meets this spring with the Bulls.
Hortian told USF officials that while he was being recruited by USF last year, Miller promised to "highly recommend" him for a graduate assistant position on the track staff at USF. Miller did so without notifying USF head track coach Warren Bye, according to the report, and the school listed her resignation as the "institution's response" to the violation as a "self-imposed sanction or disciplinary action" in the report to the NCAA.
Hortian has been deleted from USF's record books for the three meets, and USF's report to the NCAA states that the school will notify meet organizers to remove him from their records. Miller, Hortian and Bye could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.