2009 J. NCAA Compliance 1 (2009)

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NCAA Places Coastal Carolina on Probation

By Louis Stefanos

On October 17, 2008, officials from Coastal CarolinaUniversity appeared before
the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions with the task of addressing
allegations against the university. The case concerned impermissible financial aid
violations involving the former women's head golf coach of seven years, Brian
Ashley, and two student-athletes. Accompanying the penalty was a finding of
unethical conduct against Ashley due to the nature of his violations and his
refusal to cooperate with the investigation. On December 17, 2008, the Coastal
Carolina's women's golf program was penalized by the Committee for major
violations of the NCAA Division I bylaws.

BACKGROUND ON ASHLEY AND COASTAL CAROLINA

Coastal Carolina is a member of the Big South Conference and has an enrollment
of approximately 8,000 students. Coastal Carolina sponsors seventeen
intercollegiate sports which include eight men's sports and nine women's sports.
Coastal Carolina had only been a party to a major infractions case once before in
1994, wherein the men's basketball program was penalized.

Brian Ashley led Coastal Carolina to the Big South Conference Championship
during the 2004-2005 academic year. The 2004-2005 year was the program's
very first appearance in the NCAApostseason tournament. Before arriving to
Coastal Carolina, Ashley served as the head men and women's golf coach at
Gardner-Webb  University during the 1999-2000 academic year. Ashley led the
women's golf team to a national ranking of 7th in NCAA Division II rankings.

VIOLATIONS

The Committee's report found that during the 2007-2008 academic year, Ashley,
who resigned from Coastal Carolina in December 2007, provided improper
financial aid to two student-athletes on the women's golf team. The initial
violation found was that Ashley provided a freshman student-athlete (SAl) with
$500.00 in cash with the intention to cover university board expenses from the
middle of August through October 2007. Further, in October of 2007, Ashley
provided $ 100 in cash to a graduate assistant within instructions to pay a
student-athlete's (SA2) outstanding account balance for the fall 2007 semester.

During the recruiting process in 2006 and 2007, Ashley made an oral promise to
SAl and her parents that she would receive a full scholarship, including room and
board. A full scholarship at the NCAA Division I level includes tuition, fees, room,

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