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Kentucky self-reports violation involving assistant Rod Strickland to NCAA

John Calipari

Kentucky head coach John Calipari gestures during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Vanderbilt in the championship game of the Southeastern Conference tournament at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, Sunday, March 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Kentucky has committed a secondary infraction, one that the school self-reported to the NCAA, according to Kyle Tucker of the Louisville Courier-Journal.

As defined by the NCAA, a secondary infraction is a “violation that is isolated or inadvertent and provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit.”

According to records obtained by the Courier-Journal, the violation involves assistant Rod Strickland and a time when he reportedly watched film with a player, which he is not allowed to do under NCAA rules.

This from the Courier-Journal:

In compliance officer Sandy Bell’s report, the athlete said he came to meet with head coach John Calipari, but he was busy with a visitor, so he stopped by Strickland’s office. Strickland was breaking down film, which he is allowed to do, and the player asked him a question about something on the film. Strickland answered and offered some advice on how to better handle a certain play.

For the offense, Strickland was kept out of practice for two days and issued a letter of admonishment to reprimand him for the incident.

The violation is considered a “Level II Secondary.”

Schools often mistakenly commit infractions, thus the reason they self-report them, meaning that this isn’t much of worry or problem for the Wildcats.

To demonstrate its frequency, just last month Alabama self-reported 27 violations to the NCAA. Most of those within the basketball program pertained to impermissible text messages and phone calls.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_