The University of Florida Gators head football coach Dan Mullen and the Gators football team have been cited by the NCAA – National Collegiate Athletic Association – for violations related to recruiting.

The University has been placed on probation for one year and must resolve the issues surrounding the issues surrounding the unlawful contact with recruits.  The infractions occurred between January and March of 2019.

The NCAA also sanctioned Mullen.  The NCAA noted that the football head coach, “did not promote an atmosphere of compliance.” 

Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin spoke on the issue saying, “there is no evidence of systemic compliance issues at Florida, but when isolated circumstances occur they are addressed head on and we accept responsibility for our actions, as evidenced by this instance.  It is important for our coaches and staff to remain diligent and take responsibility for compliance, and extricate themselves from potential NCAA violations.”

The issue stems from contact with a possible recruit in Seattle, Washington who was still in his junior year of high school.

There was also an incident when seven nonscholastic football teams – over 100 prospects – made an unofficial visit to the University of Florida campus while on the way to a tournament in nearby Tampa.  The NCAA lists this as a level III infraction.

Mullen himself spoke on the infraction saying, “following the rules and being committed to doing things the right way is part of my history as a coach, at all levels, and I regret we didn’t do things the right way in this situation.  Even though this is an isolated matter, I’m still disappointed in the violations outlined in the report. We’re going to learn from our mistakes and I’m confident this won’t happen again.”

Mullen’s sanction includes a one year moratorium on any off campus recruiting.  The University has also banned Mullen from recruiting during the first 10 days of January.

The University’s probation includes a limit on recruiting.

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