UTEP softball and football programs commit violations

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The UTEP softball and football programs committed violations, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions.
The university, former softball head coach and NCAA enforcement staff agreed the former softball head coach provided additional practice time or individual workouts to student-athletes, exceeding daily and weekly hour limitations for such activities. The former softball head coach also failed to provide a mandatory weekly day off for student-athletes.
Additionally, the parties agreed that the former softball coach allowed graduate assistants to provide skills instruction to student-athletes during extra workout sessions, regular practices and occasional competitions. This resulted in the program exceeding the maximum allowable countable coaches in at least four separate academic years, from the 2016-17 academic year through November 2019.
According to the agreement, the former softball head coach violated head coach responsibility legislation when she did not promote an atmosphere of compliance because of her personal involvement in the violations and because she did not monitor her staff’s involvement.
The university, football head coach and NCAA enforcement staff also agreed that noncoaching football staff members engaged in coaching activities. Specifically, defensive and offensive quality control specialists provided skills instruction during practices. As a result, the program exceeded the maximum allowable countable coaches in two academic years, from the 2018-19 academic year through spring 2020.
The parties also agreed that the football head coach is responsible for the violations in his program because he did not monitor his staff and detect the impermissible skills instruction. The football head coach acknowledged he was ultimately responsible.
This case was processed through the negotiated resolution process. The process was used instead of a formal hearing or summary disposition because the university, the former softball head coach, the football head coach and the enforcement staff agreed on the violations and the penalties. The Division I Committee on Infractions reviewed the case to determine whether the resolution was in the best interests of the Association and whether the agreed-upon penalties were reasonable. Negotiated resolutions may not be appealed and do not set case precedent for other infractions cases.
The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-mitigated penalties for the university and Level II-standard penalties for the former softball head coach and the football head coach. Those penalties, approved by the Committee on Infractions, are detailed below:
  • One year of probation.
  • A $5,000 fine.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former softball head coach, including a four-week suspension from all coaching activities and a suspension from 15% of regular- season contests at any school that employs her.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the football head coach, including a four-day suspension from all coaching activities and a 10-day suspension from off-campus recruiting during the 2020-21 football contact period.
  • A reduction in permissible countable athletically related activities hours in softball from 20 to 18 during the regular season and from eight to seven during the off-season during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A reduction in the number of softball countable coaches by one for six days of practice during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • A reduction in the number of football countable coaches by one for six days of practice during the 2021-22 academic year.
Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from the NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Thomas Hill, senior vice president emeritus at Iowa State; Joel Maturi, chief hearing officer for the panel and former director of athletics at Minnesota; and Mary Schutten, executive vice president and provost at Central Michigan.
 

Roy_Bigwood_05

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Rick Patino and Bill Self gotta be laughing at poor ole Dana Dimel right now....

But the NCAA is the worst. To think two of the worst programs in all of college sports got snitched on and the NCAA actually took some kind of serious action LOL, kinda funny if you ask me.
 

Roy_Bigwood_05

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Rick Patino and Bill Self gotta be laughing at poor ole Dana Dimel right now....

But the NCAA is the worst. To think two of the worst programs in all of college sports got snitched on and the NCAA actually took some kind of serious action LOL, kinda funny if you ask me.
Legit question though, and maybe someone will tell us the truth here.....who spilled the frioles on Dimel though?

I am gonna start an unfounded and wild internet message board rumor that Mike Canales was pissed that Dimel didn't let him calls plays and blew the whistle.....LOL jk But seriously, who did Dimel piss off that he got turned in for something so minor that others get away with everyday?
 

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Damn, softball coach and Dimel with very similar infractions. Softball coach gets 4 week suspension from coaching activities. Dimel gets 4 day suspension from coaching activities.🙄
 
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Another reason to get rid of Dimel... guy is a disaster, and for Pete’s sake, let your OC call the plays lol... what a damn joke, this makes UTEP look even worse in football. It’s not like it helped with wins or anything.
 
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UTEPDefense

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This seems like the type of violation that 99.9% of us would not even know is a violation. I doubt that a random player would even know this detail(unless they did their homework on the infractions rule book).
This seems to be more likely that a disgruntled ex-coach(who actually knows the details of this rule) might have reported this, in which we just recently let 2 coordinators go. We also had to let a Defensive Quality Control coach go as well due to budget cuts, per his twitter.
 

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Why no mention of the Shorthorns? Only TAMU is paying players, but that’s not going on in Austin?

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Pretty interesting article. So he can't go out recruit for 10 days during this past recruiting cycle which is over and was almost all virtual anyway (so that penalty was served). And he has to miss 4 days of practice in which he will probably sit out during Spring 2022.

Mike Price would have had no problem with this, he was hardly ever on the field for practice.
 

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The NCAA isn't walking into meeting rooms or practice fields and determining all the coaches roles and what they are doing.

The NCAA is not looking to see if Softball players are meeting with a GA to workout.

This was done on purpose by someone vindictive inside the University out to get UTEP.
 

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The NCAA isn't walking into meeting rooms or practice fields and determining all the coaches roles and what they are doing.

The NCAA is not looking to see if Softball players are meeting with a GA to workout.

This was done on purpose by someone vindictive inside the University out to get UTEP.
Yeah, a fired coach is my guess.
 
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The NCAA isn't walking into meeting rooms or practice fields and determining all the coaches roles and what they are doing.

The NCAA is not looking to see if Softball players are meeting with a GA to workout.

This was done on purpose by someone vindictive inside the University out to get UTEP.
Maybe Jim Senter finally regrets his decision in hiring Dimel and this is his attempt at getting rid of him before his contract expires. Maybe it's Senter who made an anonymous phone call to the NCAA and informed them of these infractions.
 
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Maybe Jim Senter finally regrets his decision in hiring Dimel and this is his attempt at getting rid of him before his contract expires. Maybe it's Senter who made an anonymous phone call to the NCAA and informed them of these infractions.
You’re giving Jimbo WAAAAY too much credit!
 
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If this was the worst infraction that the NCAA could find in their interviews and if this was the worst infaction that a disgruntled former employee/player could report as a violation, then it might actually mean that UTEP is running one of the cleanest programs in the country, if someone with an axe to grind couldn’t find anything worse to report.
 

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If this was the worst infraction that the NCAA could find in their interviews and if this was the worst infaction that a disgruntled former employee/player could report as a violation, then it might actually mean that UTEP is running one of the cleanest programs in the country, if someone with an axe to grind couldn’t find anything worse to report.
Ok, 48 hours ago Hotchkins says he has nothing but love for UTEP. Someone ratted out Dimel for spilled milk, but none the less goes on record. I am upset at UTEP for poor performance (I did get my season tickets anyways) but this is ticky tak shat.

 

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Ok, 48 hours ago Hotchkins says he has nothing but love for UTEP. Someone ratted out Dimel for spilled milk, but none the less goes on record. I am upset at UTEP for poor performance (I did get my season tickets anyways) but this is ticky tak shat.


Hes going to be in studio Thursday on Sportstalk.
 

JCorona

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Imo the rats snitched on themselves thinking this would hurt UTEP/Senter. It's a little strange that the coaches in question still live in the El Paso area.
 
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