Air Force football program hit with penalties for recruiting violations
Air Force and 4 individuals reached an agreement with NCAA enforcement staff on recruiting violations that happened within the academy’s football program during the COVID-19 dead period, and they also reached a deal on the penalties that will go with it.
A Committee on Infractions panel has preliminarily approved the agreement, but a 5th involved individual in the case has contested the enforcement staff’s alleged violations, and his portion of the case will be considered by the Committee on Infractions during a hearing before the release of the committee’s full decision.
Air Force and the 4 individuals who agreed to their violations and penalties asked the Division I Committee on Infractions to publicly acknowledge the infractions case and immediately begin serving penalties while awaiting the committee’s final decision. That decision will include findings and penalties for the remaining individual who has contested the violations.
Some of the penalties include: 2 years of probation; a fine; reduction of 46 total official visits for the football program during the 2022-23 and 2023-24 academic years; a prohibition against unofficial visits in football from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12, 2022; a prohibition against all recruiting communications in football for 4 weeks during the 2022-23 academic year; a reduction in evaluation days for football by 10 during spring 2022 and by 34 during fall 2022; a reduction of the football squad size by 10 for 4 years, starting with the 2022-23 academic year; show-cause orders for the individuals who have agreed to their violations and penalties.
The committee, the academy and the 4 individuals will not discuss further details in the case at this time to protect the integrity of the process, as the committee’s final decision is still pending.