The case involving the University of Texas Pan American came to an end Tuesday March 30 with a two year probation as the result of major violations committed in the men's basketball program.
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions also handed down other penalties including multiple recruiting restrictions and scholarship reduction.
"We received our final letter today from the NCAA Committee on Infractions and they accepted our self imposed sanctions that we put in place last April," said Director of Athletics Chris King. "We got two years probation starting from today to March 29, 2012 and we're just happy it's done, it's the last chapter in this book and we can finally close it and move forward."
King also said that the two year probation is just a period of time where they can't make any mistakes. "A heightened sense of awareness," he called it.
"This past year they had some recruiting restrictions off campus and they were down one coach and scholarship," King said. "Next year, we'll be fully reloaded and back to being able to recruit off campus with a full staff at practice."
For men's basketball head coach Ryan Marks, along with everyone at UTPA Athletics has been anticipating this day.
"We've been operating under the sanctions all year so that doesn't really necessarily change us," Marks said. "I think it gives us all a piece of mind to have the ruling be done with and really know what measures we have to take to remedy anything happening again."
The full list of penalties in this case include: Public reprimand and censure, two years probation from March 30, 2010 through March 29, 2012, for the 2009-10 academic year the university will limit the number of calls to high school prospective student-athletes to one call per week instead of the permissible two calls per week, during this time it will also limit the number of calls to two-year student-athletes to one call every two weeks instead of the permissible one call per week, reduce the number of recruiting opportunities per prospect from seven to four and reduce the number of contacts to no greater than two per prospect from 2009-10 beginning May 1, 2009, reduce the number of permissible off-campus recruiters from three to two for the 2009-10 academic year, reduce the number of athletic scholarships from 13 to 12 for the 2009-10 academic year, reduce the number of assistant coaches from three to two for the 2009-10 academic year.