More details about UM’s potential secondary NCAA violation came to light Saturday when the Miami Herald learned that two assistant football coaches were at Friday night’s informal practice because they were accompanying a recruit to meet with some UM players.
Offensive line coach Art Kehoe and receivers coach Brennan Carroll attended part of the Hurricanes’ baseball game against the Gators on Friday, stayed in the baseball coaches’ office complex for several minutes and then left to walk the prospective UM football player to meet with other Canes’ players at their offseason voluntary workout.
A person close to the UM program said the coaches stayed a short time at the football practice and that their intention was to hand off the recruit for current players to show him around campus.
Recruits are allowed to interact with players, and coaches can accompany recruits, but coaches are not permitted to watch informal practices during the offseason.
It is believed that one other assistant also was at the football practice, but it is not known how long he stayed.
The situation was recognized Friday night when media members covering the UM-Florida baseball game at Mark Light Field saw the Hurricane football players practicing in the distance in an area just beyond the center-field fence. That is within the NCAA rules – as long as coaches aren’t present.
UM athletic director Blake James was at the baseball game and said Friday that UM compliance would "assess the situation’’ to determine if UM committed a secondary NCAA violation.
UM begins its spring practice session March 1.
Secondary violations, which are, according to the NCAA bylaws, "isolated or inadvertent in nature’’ generally do not warrant serious punishments.