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U. compliance strives to improve self-audits, stay in NCAA’s good graces

School hopes improved self-audits will keep it penalty-free, just like it has been since 2003.



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As long as they’re coming to him first, that’s the way Burk likes it.

mpiper@sltrib.com

At a glance

Other U. of U. athletics audit findings

» Two audits were conducted during the 2012 football season to determine whether athletes were using their guest tickets to receive extra benefits or to entice recruits. The conclusion: “It was discovered there were individuals provided comp admission, both donors and general public, in a position to potentially provide extra benefits to student-athletes due to their ownership of or employment at local business (e.g. car dealership).” Another prospective student-athlete attended multiple games as the guest of a Utah athlete, but further investigation found that the fathers of both played together in the NFL and that they had an existing relationship (and that the so-called PSA did not wind up choosing Utah). The audit concluded that a better effort should be made to educate local businesses and donors about improper benefits.

» In an October 2013 audit, five football players were found to have participated in a football camp without having completed 1099s “and were paid in cash at the instruction of former employee Greg Lewinter.” This occurred because they earned less than $500, the report says. The compliance office recommends that no cash payments be made to any employees, regardless of earnings.

» An undated audit found that the correct information from some recruiting trips was not received, flagging this as a potential NCAA issue. After checking with coaches and the travel office, however, the U. determined that everything was in order.

» Compliance reviewed Facebook and Twitter posts from student-athletes and coaches and found “occasional inappropriate photo[s] or profane language,” but no NCAA issues. The report says that due to relief from NCAA mandates, the 2011-12 academic year is the last in which a social media audit would occur.

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