Texas A&M reveals former Aggie assistant coach involved in committing recruiting violation with Jimbo Fisher
If you missed the big news out of College Station, the NCAA announced on Thursday that Texas A&M had committed two rules violations between January 2018 and February 2019.
The good news for Aggie fans is the only charges against Jimbo Fisher’s program were a Level II violation and a Level III violation. No major, or Level I violations, were found to have been committed by Texas A&M.
The punishment for those violations isn’t going to cripple the Aggies moving forward, but the program has been put on probation and Jimbo Fisher is not allowed to leave campus to recruit for the rest of 2020.
Full details of the violations and punishments given to Texas A&M can be read here.
One piece of information missing in the NCAA’s report is the name of the assistant coach that broke the Level II violation with Fisher. On Thursday, Texas A&M revealed former running backs coach Jay Graham, now serving in the same role at Tennessee, was the assistant coach that violated the NCAA rule.
Here is the incident that led to the Texas A&M coaches committing a Level II violation, according to the Aggies:
“In January 2019, an unintentional, yet impermissible recruiting contact occurred when Coach Jimbo Fisher and former assistant coach Jay Graham were present in the office area of a high school coach and communicated with a prospective student-athlete, violating NCAA bylaws and resulting in a Level II violation.”
Here are the penalties handed out to Fisher and Graham during the previous recruiting cycle:
- In November 2019, Texas A&M self-imposed an off-campus recruiting ban for the entire football coaching staff;
- The university reduced Coach Fisher and former assistant coach Graham’s off-campus recruiting contact days by three days in the December 2019 – January 2020 recruiting time-period; and
- The university prohibited any phone calls, emails or text messages between Coach Fisher and former assistant coach Graham with any prospective student-athletes for nine days in January 2020.
Here are the penalties specifically assigned to Fisher and Graham (his punishment will be served at Tennessee) moving forward in the 2021 recruiting cycle:
- Coach Fisher and former assistant coach Graham will conduct no off-campus recruiting activities during the fall of 2020 permissible contact period; Coach Graham will serve this penalty at his new institution (Tennessee).
Again, nothing major there but it will be interesting to see well Texas A&M closes wraps up its Early Signing Period recruiting considering Fisher won’t be allowed to do any in-home visits until 2021.