Tigers release secondary violations, several stemming from track and field program

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com

CLEMSON — The Clemson athletic department released its annual rundown of NCAA secondary violations across all sports during the 2012-13 academic year, several of which appeared to be related to the resignation of track and field director Lawrence Johnson in January.

None are particularly egregious or expect to result in further sanctions or investigations.

Although specific names and sports are redacted, five of the 15 violations listed indicated under ‘corrective actions taken’ that the head coach of the sport in question is no longer employed by Clemson.

Several secondary violations indicated were self-reported upon the end of Johnson’s five-year tenure last winter, including student-athletes participating in more than four seasons, receiving transportation expenses for a non-affiliated trainer for the Olympics, and inadvertent benefits such as used running shoes from an assistant and free bottled water at a football tailgate during a recruiting visit.

The only other mention of football is when the Tigers hosted Maryland in 2012, and a student in the crowd recognized a particular football recruit, attempting to start a “We Want (Recruit’s Name)!” chant. The fan was told to stop by a compliance officer and advised of NCAA rules.

An assistant coach inadvertently responded to a group text message, which included a player who had just signed a national letter of intent. The instance was cited, with no further penalty.

An unnamed player received $975 in prize money in June 2012 before enrolling at the university, and was declared ineligible before being reinstated on the condition of donating the funds to a charity of the student-athlete’s choice. Another player received $10,803 in prize money and participated in organized competition during the summer, thus repaying the money to charity and serving one academic year in residence before reinstatement.

Also, a tutor was fired for providing a free meal to a student-athlete, and the student-athlete repaid the “impermissible amount to a local charity.”

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