YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) – Youngstown State Football was suspended for two years on Tuesday and was subject to recruitment sanctions by the NCAA after the school and the association agreed that several rule violations were committed under former head coach Bo Pelini.
Using the winding-up process negotiated by the NCAA, the school agreed that it was unable to monitor its soccer program when it allowed three employees to recruit off-campus without completing the coaches certification test for the 2019-20 school year.
An assistant coach has also been found to have recruited a player at a Division II school without knowing he was not on the transfer portal and without notifying the player’s school.
The report does not specifically mention Pelini, who was the head coach at Youngstown from 2015-19, but does refer to the former head coach who left to become defensive coordinator at another school. The former Nebraska head coach was LSU’s defensive coordinator until last December.
Youngstown State found that Pelini and two assistants had failed the certification test required for off-campus recruitment. This led to inadmissible contacts with 16 interested parties and inadmissible evaluations from two others.
In addition to parole, Youngstown State was revoked three official visits in the 2021/22 academic year as unofficial visits and all recruiting communications were banned for two weeks and evaluation days were reduced by three.
The deputy soccer coach, who failed to properly recruit the Division II transfer, was suspended from all coaching duties during the three preseason soccer dates and was banned from recruiting from February 13-26.