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Originally published January 28, 2009 at 6:20 PM | Page modified January 28, 2009 at 8:59 PM


UW's Sarkisian might have committed recruiting violation

New UW coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt visited recruits in Southern California with media present.

Seattle Times staff reporter; Seattle Times staff reporter

Washington football coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt might have committed a recruiting violation recently while visiting with recruits in Southern California.

The University of Washington said in a statement Wednesday that it is looking into the matter.

A visit by Sarkisian and Holt with quarterback/defensive end James Boyd of Jordan High was detailed in a story in Wednesday's Los Angeles Times. The story noted that the visit occurred with a reporter from the L.A. Times present. Also present were two other Jordan High players, including receiver Delvon Purvis, who is also being recruited by the Huskies.

That would be in apparent violation of NCAA bylaw 13.10.1 forbidding the presence of media during recruiting contact. The bylaw states that "a member institution shall not permit a media entity to be present during any recruiting contact made by an institution's coaching staff member."

The violation would likely be classified as secondary and the bylaw states that "violations of this bylaw do not affect a prospective student-athlete's eligibility and are considered institutional violations."

The UW statement said "the UW athletic department and compliance director John Morris are currently looking into the situation but have not proceeded far enough to come to any conclusions at this time."

Another possible violation detailed in the story is that junior receiver Deshawn Beck was present. Coaches are not allowed to have off-campus contact with high school juniors until after July 1 of their junior year.

The story mentions that Beck's presence would be a violation of NCAA rules but that he was there only at the request of the Jordan coach, who wanted him to get a feel for the experience of a recruiting visit with a college coach.

The story doesn't detail any contact between Beck and UW coaches.

The Huskies have already self-reported one secondary violation, in connection with visits by recruits to Washington two weekends ago. During those visits, recruits ran through the tunnel at Husky Stadium with a machine blowing fog and a siren blaring, an apparent violation of a rule prohibiting the simulating of a game-day experience. A Pac-10 spokesman said it had received UW's report on that violation. It is expected to be classified as secondary and will likely yield a reprimand and a brushing up on the rules by UW coaches.

Boyd is rated as one the top defensive ends in the country and has already given a soft verbal commitment to USC. However, he has also expressed interest in playing quarterback. The L.A. Times story detailed how UW was also potentially offering a scholarship to his teammate, Purvis, who is more lightly regarded, as an inducement to get Boyd.

The story was headlined, "The buddy systems helps in recruiting."

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