The Clemson athletic department has reported 15 violations to the NCAA in the past year, in which three violations occurred under football coach Dabo Swinney’s watch. This according to a report by the Associated Press.
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The Associated Press got access of Clemson’s report via a Freedom of Information Act request.
Although innocuous in nature, at the crux of the issue for Swinney and the Tigers is an “accidental” FaceTime call placed by the coach to a prospect before the allowable date of Sept. 1. As a result of this transgression, Swinney and the football staff will not be allowed to phone a potential recruit between September 1 and September 15.
The baseball team, which is coached by Monte Lee, also reported three violations to the NCAA.
More from the Associated Press (h/t USA Today Sports):
None of the violations is considered serious. All but one of them is classified as a Level III infraction. Level III infractions are those the NCAA considers isolated or limited in nature; provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and don’t include more than a minimal impermissible benefit.
Clemson is coming off a tremendous season in which it came up just short of winning the national championship before losing to Alabama. The Tigers ended the season 14-1 overall, while winning the ACC.
With Heisman Trophy candidate Deshaun Watson back, the Tigers head into the 2016 season amid much hope and fanfare. Clemson is ranked as the No. 2 team in both the Associated Press and Coaches Poll.
The Tigers will open their 2016 season at Auburn on September 3