Texas A&M gets probation for recruiting violations

The NCAA placed Texas A&M on probation for one year and gave head coach Jimbo Fisher a six-month show-cause order on Thursday for recruiting and rules violations.

The violations occurred between January 2018 and February 2019, according to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible recruiting contact with a prospect, and the Aggies exceeded the allowed activity time in the spring and summer periods by seven hours, per the committee’s report.

“While I am disappointed in the violations, including an unintended one that resulted from a conversation with a high school athlete, it is still my responsibility to ensure we are adhering to each and every rule,” Fisher said in a statement. “I am pleased to have this matter completely behind our program and look forward to continuing our efforts to make every aspect of our program one all Aggies can continue to be proud of.”

Texas A&M identified the assistant coach involved as Jay Graham, who is now on the staff at Tennessee.

In addition to the probation and show-cause orders for Fisher and Graham (also six months), penalties included a $5,000 fine and reductions in official recruiting visits. Texas A&M also agreed to end recruitment of the prospect at the center of the investigation.

“I am grateful to the coaches and staff for acknowledging their mistakes and for taking appropriate actions to address issues, even before any decisions were made by the NCAA,” Texas A&M president Michael Young said in a statement. “The ongoing commitment to compliance is essential. Coach Fisher and his staff have taken responsibility, implemented corrective actions, and have our full and total support.”