Complete transcript of A-State's NCAA investigation released - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Complete transcript of A-State's NCAA investigation released

Documents and correspondence released by Arkansas State University concerning the violations found with the men's basketball program. (Source: Arkansas State University) Documents and correspondence released by Arkansas State University concerning the violations found with the men's basketball program. (Source: Arkansas State University)
Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu) Arkansas State University's official logo (Source: www.astate.edu)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

The NCAA has released new information about a violation from the Arkansas State University men's basketball team.

RELEASED 4/13/16: Read all documents and correspondence between A-State and the NCAA here: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

A former director of basketball operations provided a student-athlete with more than $5,000 in excessive apparel. The NCAA states Wednesday the decision was issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

The former director provided an unnamed student-athlete with the login for the men's basketball program promotional account for clothing.

Kyle Drake was in the director role when the violation reportedly occurred. He was with the university from Aug. 16, 2014, to Dec. 31, 2015, according to A-State.

Drake admitted to A-State's compliance officer that he knew the purchase was a violation of NCAA rules and thought 16 pairs of shoes was "excessive".

This was not the "normal apparel ordering process," according to the NCAA. Normally, someone in Drake's position would meet with the student-athlete and place the order for apparel.

However, the student-athlete was not on campus when he logged in and ordered $5,165 of clothing, the report states.

Drake, seeing the size of the order, tried to cancel it but was not able to do it.

According to the NCAA, when the order arrived he arranged for the student-athlete to pick up the apparel.

The deviation from the normal ordering process was not when the violation happened. It occurred when Drake "provided the apparel to the student-athlete and did not report the violation to the university," according to the NCAA.

[Read the entire NCAA report regarding the A-State violation here]

Penalties and corrective measures from the NCAA includes:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • A vacation of records in which the student-athlete participated while ineligible. After the release of the public report, the university will identify the games impacted.
  • A $5,000 fine

A-State proposed to vacate one win from the 2015-16 season and self-impose a $4,000 fine for the violation, according to Terry Mohajir, Arkansas State University's athletic director. 

The basketball team had 11 wins and 20 losses under John Brady as head coach in the 2015-16 season. 

Mohajir issued the following statement on Wednesday as part of a news release from A-State:

“Once we learned and confirmed in December that there had been a rule infraction, we immediately self-reported this isolated violation to the NCAA.  As a result, our staff fully cooperated with NCAA officials in order to help resolve any outstanding matters.  I’m very proud of the way (Associate Athletics Director for Compliance) Joel Weems and our staff collaborated with the NCAA in order to resolve this case with the least amount of penalties.  We remain committed to complying with all NCAA rules and regulations, and we fully accept the fine imposed, public reprimand and to vacate one win from the 2015-16 season as our penalty.”

The news release concluded stating issue has been resolved and will not impact the "new era of Arkansas State men’s basketball under the leadership of new head coach Grant McCasland."

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

Powered by Frankly