Dan Mullen comments on NCAA's decision to hand his Florida program penalties, probation
If you missed the big news out of Gainesville on Tuesday, the NCAA announced Dan Mullen’s Florida program has been put on probation and the Gator coach has been hit with a show-cause order following a Level II recruiting violation. Mullen was directly involved in committing the violation.
Florida has confirmed this violation did occur.
The good news for the Gators is that the program was not found to have committed any Level I violations, which are the most severe violations.
Following this news, Florida has been put on probation and Mullen will not be allowed to recruit off-campus for a year once the NCAA permits coaches to hit the road.
Mullen’s penalty comes after the NCAA noted that the Florida coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance in light of his personal involvement in one of the violations.
During his Tuesday media availability for the upcoming Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma, Mullen was asked for his reaction to the NCAA’s decision.
“Yeah, I think we put out our statement, it’s been resolved,” Mullen said. “It’s something that happened a while back and something we worked through for a while and we continue to work within our program to make sure we strive to do everything the right way here.”
Here is the full list of penalties the Gators have been handed down by the NCAA:
- One year of probation.
- A $5,000 fine.
- Reduced fall 2019 evaluations from 42 to 21.
- Reduced football evaluation days by 12 for the 2018-19 academic year.
- Restrictions on all recruiting telephone calls with football prospects from April 15 through May 31, 2019.
- A reduction in the number of football official visits during the 2019-20 academic year by one and in the number of unofficial visits during the 2019-20 academic year by 14.
- A one-year show-cause order for the head football coach. During that period, the head coach is prohibited from all off-campus recruiting activity during the fall 2020 evaluation period and a four-day off-campus recruiting ban during the fall 2021 contact period.
- The university banned the head coach from recruiting for the first 10 days of the January 2020 contact period.
- A 30-day off-campus recruiting ban for the head coach during the fall 2019 evaluation period.
- The university ended the recruitment of the prospect.
- The university will not recruit any prospects from the high school in Seattle from the 2019-20 through 2020-21 academic years.
- A seven-day off-campus recruiting ban for the entire football coaching staff during the spring 2021 off-campus recruiting period.
- A 30-day off-campus recruiting ban for the assistant coach in October 2019 and a three-day off-campus recruiting ban for the January 2020 contact period.
- One-on-one rules education for both the head coach and assistant coach regarding NCAA contact and evaluation rules.