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The University of Utah football program has been placed on pro

June 19, 1987

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ The University of Utah football program has been placed on probation for one year and the NCAA has ordered other sanctions against the school for allowing an illegal recruiting visit and altering documents to hid it.

The visit was made by Jason Buck, a tackle, who wound up playing at Brigham Young University, the NCAA charged. Buck was the Cincinnati Bengals’ first- round choice in the NFL draft in April.

The NCAA penalties, imposed Thursday for recruiting violations, prohibit Utah from conducting any football recruiting during the week of Dec. 1-8 and reduce the number of athletes allowed for recruiting visits from 95 to 75.

Under NCAA rules, an athlete is allowed one visit to each school, but can visit no more than five schools.

Utah, of the Western Athletic Conference, recruited Buck in December 1984 and he made an official visit to the campus in late 1984. By that time, Buck had used his allotment of five visits.

Dave Didion, the NCAA’s assistant enforcement director in Kansas City, said the university was cited for allowing the visit, then altering documents to delete any reference to it. Head coach (Jim Fassel) ordered the staff to discontinue the visit, but his orders were not carried out, he said.

Didion said the NCAA also found that athletes were provided improper transportation on two occasions.

University officials said they would not appeal the decision.

″The university has cooperated fully with the NCAA in this matter and will not appeal the NCAA’s decision,″ President Chase Peterson said.

In a written statement, Peterson said while the circumstances are unfortunate, ″we have taken steps to ensure they will not be repeated.

″We continue to have confidence in our coaching staff, and in the integrity of our program overall,″ he said.

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