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USF reports no NCAA violations in football, men's hoops



USF self-reported no violations to the NCAA relating to its football or men's basketball programs during the 2010-11 school year and just five minor violations overall, according to documents released to the Times on Wednesday.

USF's compliance department, responding to a public records request to the Times, provided documentation of five secondary violations, which resulted in letters of admonishment and compliance education to the staff members in question. The NCAA characterizes secondary violations as those that are "isolated" and "inadvertent."

The violations show the level of scrutiny placed on athletic programs -- violations were discovered by USF through routine audits of expense reimbursement, travel lists and practice logs, as well as "newly implemented phone monitoring software."

-- USF women's soccer coach Denise Schilte-Brown allowed a student-athlete to compete in an exhibition match on Aug. 9, four days before she had been certified eligible by the NCAA. Schilte-Brown was suspended from one game and USF's women's soccer program was fined $500.

-- Four USF women's basketball players who had already had roundtrip airline tickets purchased for them for a holiday tournament also received airline tickets from the team's travel coordinator, Debbie Pershing, allowing them to travel directly home after the tournament. The players had to make donations to charity in the amount of the extra benefits (between $139 and $192).

-- The brother of a men's golf signee had two meals paid by USF assistant Justin Fetcho during the athlete's official visit in February. The athlete made a charitable donation to match the total value of the meals ($12.70).

-- The women's tennis team was given only one day off (instead of the required two) by head coach Agustin Moreno during consecutive weeks outside the team's playing season in November. A 2-for-1 penalty was assessed and the team had four days off (instead of two) the following week.

-- Men's track assistant Lissa Olson called a recruit who had signed with USF twice during a "quiet period" in December, but because the athlete had signed a grant-in-aid and not a national letter of intent, a violation took place. The entire track staff was restricted from calling recruits for one week.

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