The NCAA approved Iowa State's self-imposed punishments stemming from self-reported violations, the school detailed in a statement on Friday.
The Cyclones brought the violations to the NCAA's attention back in April after completing an exhaustive review of the athletic department. As a result of the investigation, Iowa State placed itself in a two-year probationary period that reduces the number of recruiting phone calls coaches can make and reduces the number of official visits.
According to CBS Sports, the NCAA report detailed that over a three-year period, athletic department staff made impermissible calls to nearly 400 prospects. However, it sounds much worse than it actually was, as the school failed to correctly log the recruiting contact and attempts by the various coaches.
In 2012, the NCAA eliminated the limit on contact between college basketball coaches and recruits once their sophomore year of high school is completed, but Iowa State's infractions took place prior to the change in rules, hence the punishment.
"Many coaches interviewed reported that they neither knew, nor were they ever told by compliance, that it was necessary for them to log all telephone calls placed to prospects, including calls where no contact was made or where a voicemail was left," according to the NCAA. "Because of this, impermissible calls were made in all 18 of the university's athletics program and the committee concluded the university failed to monitor its athletics program."
Iowa State's self-reporting and proactive approach to the matter might have helped the NCAA agree with the self-imposed sanctions. University president Steven Leath praised the response of the staff in a statement.
"Operating with integrity is a core value for our entire campus. We strive to maintain the highest standards at Iowa State University and will continue to place a high emphasis on compliance and adhering to standards of the NCAA. I wish to express appreciation to Faculty Athletics Representative Tim Day and Director of Athletics Jamie Pollard and his team for their thorough efforts during this review. Since learning of this issue in my first month at Iowa State, I have found our staff to be extremely diligent in investigating the situation and fully cooperative with the NCAA during the entire review. Iowa State respects the enforcement process and is grateful for this resolution."
When the news first broke in April, Iowa State's violations were deemed "major violations" after discovering that a student men's basketball assistant coach had improper contact with a recruit after an AAU game in 2011. Iowa State promptly fired the assistant coach and began an audit of the athletic programs. According to Wide Right & Natty Lite, the review included 750,000 telephone calls made by coaches in all 18 sports.
The audit found communication violations throughout the sports programs at the university, with a majority coming from the football and men's basketball programs.