- Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama athletic department committed 27 NCAA secondary rules violations over the past year, according to a summary on the school's website Tuesday.
More than half of the violations stemmed from impermissible text messages or phone calls.
The men's basketball program committed the most violations in the department with six, according to the report.
Football and women's basketball were named for four violations each, and track and field was responsible for three. Other sports to commit violations included softball, baseball, gymnastics, women's tennis, women's volleyball, men's tennis, and soccer.
The university compliance office was responsible for a violation as well.
Football was cited for giving a student athlete a check for his scholarship prior to final verification, accepting a Facebook friend request before the allowable date, providing impermissible documents to prospects and for sending a text message to a prospect's father.
Secondary violations do not typically result in penalties from the NCAA. Corrective action is usually taken and typically includes rules education and a letter of admonishment.
In the case of illegal contact with a prospect, the coach is prohibited from contacting the athlete for a set period of time.
The University of Alabama athletic department committed 27 NCAA secondary rules violations over the past year, according to a summary on the school's website Tuesday.