SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Honesty may be the best policy, but at San Jose State University, it’s also proving to be a costly one.
San Jose State Athletic Director Ray Hoffman reported NCAA rules violations to the Big West Conference Compliance Committee and on Friday, the football program was issued written reprimands and fined by the conference for holding out-of-season practices.
″Normally, in situations similar to this one, the student-athletes do not suffer any sanctions, but I will pursue their cause with the NCAA and seek a response as quickly as possible,″ Hoffman added.
Conference Commissioner James Haney called the penalties appropriate ″in light of the subsequent termination of the head football coach.″
Former football coach Claude Gilbert, who was reassigned March 21, is pursuing a wrongful-firing grievance against the university and maintains he didn’t violation any NCAA rules regarding practices.
″It is a matter of interpretation and I still stand by the belief that no particular violations occurred,″ he said.
The alleged violations occurred at the SJS practice facility on six days in February and one in early March, according to Hoffman, who said he witnessed the violations.
The players involved were quarterbacks Greg Centilli, Matt Ipsen, Mike Jordan, Ralph Martini and Frederic Vial, and wide receivers Bobby Blackmon, Mike Guerrini, Doug Hooker, Shawn Thomas, David Blakes, Byron Jackson and Clayton Julien.
Gilbert said he and his coaches were present but did nothing but observe, which he contends is permitted under NCAA rules.
As part of its findings, the compliance committee also has instructed the university to check with the NCAA on the eligibility status of the 12 players who participated in the seven out-of-season practices. And the panel ordered the team to delete two practice dates from its fall training schedule.
New Coach Terry Shea, hired April 20 to replace Gilbert, said the elimination of two practice dates will affect his team.
″At this point, it’s obviously critical, specifically (with me) being new to the program and the things we did not get done because I wasn’t at spring practice,″ Shea said.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Oregon’s Bill Delinger and Houston’s Tom Tellez have been named coaches of the year by the NCAA Track and Field Coaches Association.
Dellinger, in his 18th season at Oregon, was chosen the No. 1 men’s coach after leading the Ducks to their third Pac-10 Conference title last month.
Tellez, the coach for the 1991 U.S. team in the 1991 World Championships, was named the leading women’s coach. He guided the Cougar women to the Southwest Conference title last month, despite having only one senior on the team.
The announcements were made Friday by Baylor’s Clyde Hart, president of the coaches association.