Specifically, the report said that Cole and former assistants ‘‘were all aware that a booster was contacting potential transfers and their parents.’’ The booster also bought an airline ticket for a recruit’s girlfriend. The committee said Cole and his staff encouraged the booster’s efforts and failed to contact the NCAA about possible rules violations related to the booster’s activities.
The men’s basketball team, meanwhile, offered two scholarships that were unavailable after the program was penalized for poor academic performance. During the 2009-10 season, the team also did not adhere to restrictions on practice time, which were imposed after the team fell short on its academic progress report.
The committee also found that the university exceeded financial aid limits between 2008-11.
‘‘Compounding the problems with oversight was that no squad lists were produced by the compliance office during the years the violations occurred,’’ the report said.
The committee concluded that Texas Southern ‘‘lacked institutional control’’ due to its failure to design safeguards to prevent violations, monitor academic standards and keep track of scholarships. The school ‘‘insufficiently investigated academic issues that involved 24 student-athletes and allowed 12 of the 24 student-athletes to receive unearned academic credit.’’
Sankey praised Rudley and McClelland for their efforts to fix the athletic department.
‘‘There has been a different level of attention and activity among the university’s current leadership,’’ he said.