NCAA Recruiting Violations: Texas Tech The Latest To Face The Heat

Dave WalkerCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2011

LUBBOCK, TX - SEPTEMBER 18:  Quarterback Taylor Potts #12 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders against the Texas Longhorns at Jones AT&T Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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2010 saw a number of schools go under the NCAA microscope for everything from recruiting violations to trading the shirts of their back for free ink. 2011 has already gotten off to a shaky start, especially in Lubbock, Texas.

According to the Associated Press, the NCAA has released its findings into possible recruiting violations at Texas Tech. Their findings show that more than 1000 impermissible texts were sent to recruits from several sports, including football.

The alleged violations occurred from 2007-'09, which was during the Mike Leach era.

Texas Tech officials alerted the NCAA of the possible violations last year, and because of their cooperation on the issue, the NCAA is likely to give them a "slap" on the wrist.

Right now it is expected that the Red Raiders will lose some scholarships and possibly face two years of probation but unlikely to be banned from bowl competition.

The NCAA said that approximately 234 texts were sent to 45 prospective football players during the time. The NCAA would not comment on who, if any, of these players committed to Tech.

Texas Tech is coming off of a 45-38 win over Northwestern in the TicketCity Bowl, while ex-coach Mike Leach has seemingly been a candidate for virtually vacant head coaching job. It will be interesting to see if this affects his stock in any way.