The NCAA is pretty strict when it comes to giving athletes gifts or contacting recruits, so schools need to be very careful and make sure they aren't committing any violations.
Of course, some violations are major. Student-athletes occasionally get paid, as some coaches go over the top when trying to sway a recruit to the school.
On the other side, some "violations" are laughable.
We took the time to look through the list and found some that are worthy of a good chuckle.
- May 8, 2013: While staying at a hotel during an official visit, a soccer recruit ordered Internet service for $9.95. An assistant coach didn't notice the charge on the bill. The recruit had to repay the money to the charity of her choice before she could be eligible to play.
- May 10, 2013: Three athletes received "food in excess of NCAA regulation at a graduation banquet." All three had already graduated, but they returned for another year of competition. They were not reinstated until they donated $3.83 (the cost of the pasta serving) to the charity of their choice.
- July 18, 2013: Volleyball head coach Santiago Restrepo and assistant Erik Peterson unknowingly committed an NCAA violation by replying to a group text. The coaches "inadvertently sent five text messages to a recruit when replying to a group text." The texts reportedly weren't directed at the recruit. As a result, the coaching staff was not allowed to initiate phone calls with any recruit for two weeks.
UPDATE: Saturday, Feb. 22, 5:25 p.m. ET
According to Gabe Ikard's Twitter, Olive Garden made good on their promise and sent the players some food.
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UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 20, 11:24 a.m. ET
Olive Garden has stepped up to the plate with an impressive effort in light of the recent findings.
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Two of the three pasta eaters have stepped up and are willing to face the music:
Well done, gentlemen.
Although the NCAA takes these matters very seriously, these violations seem pretty insignificant.
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