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Iowa State University Asks For Two Year NCAA Probation


UPDATE: Iowa State issued a statement on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Click here.

ORIGINAL: The Iowa State University athletic program is asking for a two year probationary period from the NCAA.

After the university released a report Tuesday showing recruiters committed dozens of communications violations.

Those violations occurred between 2008 and 2011.

Iowa State says a review of phone and text records of staff members in all 18 of its sports revealed some problems.

During the three year time period, 750-thousand calls were made, and 79 of those phone calls were considered impermissible.

The university also found many staff members did not properly document 14-hundred phone calls that attempted, but did not reach a recruit.

One local recruit says during the process, coaches do call a lot.

"How well they get to know you as an individual not just for your basketball talent, they want to know what's your favorite movie, what's your dogs name, they want to get to know you on a personal level," says Wisconsin recruit Ethan Happ.

He started getting recruiting calls around this time last year. After coaches watched his skills at a basketball practice.

"There's a period when they can call and they can text you, I got to know a lot of good guys, it was usually texts every other day, and then a call once a week."

Recruiters from Iowa, USC, and other division one schools all wanted to get to know Happ. Hoping to convince him their program was the right fit, using their personal knowledge gathered from phone calls as ammunition against competing schools.

"Basically they just want to get to know you on a personal level, that way, they feel like they have a better shot of recruiting you if they feel they know you and your family."

Happ says his parents paid attention to NCAA rules on recruitment. He never felt anyone tried an end run around the rules, and he had an idea of what was inappropriate.

"A car, that's probably not the best idea, and you can't go to their house yet, and they can't pay for anything for you when you visit until your senior year."

He also let his parents know who which schools were texting him. Keeping them in the loop, while he decided where he wanted to play.

"I definitely talked with my parents especially my dad about what schools were talking with me, and what they were saying."

A decision that ultimately led him to the Wisconsin Badgers.

Iowa State says it disciplined its staff last school year for the violations.

The school had no further comment today.

We tried reaching the NCAA but an e-mail was not returned today.

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