The NCAA cited Washington assistant Raphael Chillious (left) for a secondary violation stemming from comments he made about recruits that appeared in a May 16, 2011 Sports Illustrated story.
The Huskies reported the violation to the Pac-12 office Wednesday. Neither the school or conference would comment.
The violation occurred when Chillious made improper comments about 2013 four-star recruit Jordan Tebbutt and 2014 five-star recruit Justin Jackson.
In the SI story, Chillious talks about watching Jackson, a Houston ninth-grader last season, at a Thanksgiving tournament.
“This is a Polaroid that you shake off, stick on the refrigerator and date,” he said in the SI story. “Because later on, when Justin’s a senior, I can talk about it. ‘Man, how long ago was it, I saw you play that game in Nederland? Remember? You were in ninth grade. Man, you got so much stronger since then.’ And other coaches won’t have that memory with him.”
According to NCAA rules, coaches can not evaluate or rate recruits for the media until the player has signed a letter of intent.
A source familiar with the investigation described the case as “very unusual” and said Chillious is not expected to receive disciplinary punishment from the school or conference.
The citation is the most serious violation to hit the UW staff since former assistant Cameron Dollar, the Seattle University coach, committed several recruiting infractions and was suspended for a month in 2002.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— DePaul forward Eric Wallace transferred to Seattle University for the 2011-12 season. He began his college career at Ohio State in 2007-08, but has played three seasons at DePaul. During the 2009-10 season, the 6-7, 233-pound forward appeared in 24 games, including 19 starts, averaging 6.3 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. He missed the 2010-11 season after breaking his left leg during a preseason workout. If he’s fully recovered, Wallace could be a significant addition for the Redhawks.
— Team USA beat Australia 78-77 and finished fifth in the 2011 FIBA Men’s U19 World Championship. The Americans finished with a 7-2 record. Stanford sophomore Anthony Brown averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in five games while Arizona State freshman Jahii Carson averaged a team-low 2.1 points in eight games. Here’s a look at the team stats.