Huskies assistant testifies in NCAA probe
Seattle Times staff reporter
Jim Shaw, Washington assistant men's basketball coach, testified before the NCAA Committee on Infractions Friday in Park City, Utah, as part of the ongoing investigation into potential recruiting violations at Oklahoma, where Shaw worked from 1999 to 2004.
Washington athletic director Todd Turner also attended the hearing, saying he wanted to "make sure" there was nothing that would affect Washington.
But in one way, it already has.
Turner said the Oklahoma investigation did not begin until after Shaw was hired at Washington in spring 2004. But because of the probe, Turner said UW conducted an internal audit of its own men's basketball program a year ago and found "a few" impermissible phone calls.
Washington reported it to the Pac-10 and the NCAA as a secondary violation and imposed several minor penalties, including not allowing the basketball staff to make calls for a 10-day period — which has already been served — and requiring an annual audit of all phone calls made by the staff.
Turner also said that Shaw was kept off the road recruiting for a month. A Pac-10 official said the penalties were accepted.
"[The violations] were not significant but we felt it was important that we respond pretty aggressively," Turner said.
The UW men's basketball program was placed on two years' probation (but without postseason penalties) in 2003 for various unrelated recruiting violations.
Shaw has earned praise for his work with Washington's big men and the team's rebounding strategies.
"He's been a good, solid member of our staff, and I think that all of this is behind us and behind him," Turner said.
Shaw is one of four Oklahoma coaches (including former head coach Kelvin Sampson, who recently moved to Indiana) accused of making more than 550 impermissible phone calls to 17 recruits from April 2000 to September 2004.
Oklahoma self-imposed a number of penalties, including eliminating two scholarships this year and one next year. The NCAA's final decision on the case is expected in about six weeks.
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