• May 9, 2021
 UTEP receives NCAA Decision in Football, Softball Cases; 1 year probation for Athletic Department

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UTEP receives NCAA Decision in Football, Softball Cases; 1 year probation for Athletic Department

Tuesday morning, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions announced that the UTEP Athletic Department has been placed on one year probation for Level II violations in the football and softball programs.

“We alerted our compliance staff as soon as we became aware of the potential infractions.  I would like to thank them for their diligence in conducting interviews, compiling information and submitting a thorough report to the NCAA.  We are committed to running our department with integrity,” Director of Athletics Jim Senter shared.

“We will continue to monitor all of our sports programs to ensure that they are operating in compliance with NCAA rules and regulations.  We will also continue to provide comprehensive rules education to all of our coaches and staff.”

As detailed in the approved agreement, the Committee on Infractions, NCAA enforcement staff, and UTEP administration agreed that the football program exceeded the maximum number of allowable countable coaches when noncoaching staff members provided skill instruction to the team.

They also determined that the softball program exceeded daily and weekly limits for countable athletically related activities (CARA), and exceeded the maximum number of allowable countable coaches when noncoaching staff members provided skill instruction to the team.

Football head coach Dana Dimel and former softball head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk received a one-year show-cause for Level II violations.

“I am committed and will ensure that we do a better job of following all NCAA rules.  It is my responsibility to create an atmosphere of compliance on my staff and within our football program,” Head Football Coach Dana Dimel said.

“I acknowledge that I need to do a better job moving forward, and accept the NCAA’s penalties for this violation.”

As for other actions, UTEP officials say that the number of permissible,  countable athletically related activities hours in softball has been reduced for the 2021-22 academic year.

The number of countable coaches for football and softball has also been reduced by one for six days of practice during the 2021-22 academic year.

The NCAA press release is available on its website.

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