UCLA offensive line coach Adrian Klemm, a key recruiter on the Bruins’ staff, was penalized Friday by the NCAA with a two-year show-cause order for recruiting violations.
The NCAA said Klemm paid for $2,400 worth of training services and housing for two recruits over three weeks at a private training facility in Scottsdale, Ariz. The facility is operated by a former NFL player who is friends with Klemm.
Klemm was the third highest-paid assistant coach in the Pac-12 last season at $760,000, according to USA Today’s coaching salary database. He was suspended for UCLA’s first two games of the 2015 season, but the nature of the violations had not been revealed until now.
“While I certainly did not intentionally violate NCAA rules, the fact of the matter is that I did violate NCAA rules, and I accept full responsibility,” Klemm said in a statement. “I need to be aware of every rule, and I will be moving forward.”
According to the NCAA, the investigation into Klemm started when his ex-girlfriend e-mailed the NCAA Eligibility Center alleging knowledge of potential violations. She recanted the information four days later. The NCAA said it only started investigating after receiving an anonymous email with the same information three months later.
“The hearing panel was quite troubled by the associate head coach’s statements of ignorance of the rules considering he and the institution agreed that he had ample rules education provided by the institution,” the NCAA report said. “In fact, it is even more troubling that he admitted it was not until he spoke with his attorney in this case that he had an understanding that his conduct violated NCAA rules.”
Klemm was suspended during UCLA’s 2015 spring recruiting period. UCLA reduced its spring evaluation days by 18 last year, eliminated two official visits for recruits, and must pay a $5,000 fine.
Klemm’s show-cause order runs through Sept. 15, 2018. That means for UCLA or any school to employ him, it must appear before the Committee on Infractions and show why his restrictions shouldn’t apply while offering a plan for overseeing his activities.
A UCLA spokesman said the university resolved that issue by submitting an oversight plan and no further action is needed. If Klemm left during the two-year show-cause window and was hired by another school, that school would need to go before the committee. UCLA confirmed that Klemm remains on the staff.
“This was a good lesson for all of our coaches and staff — we must know every single NCAA rule and adhere to them, period,” UCLA coach Jim Mora Jr. said in a statement. “Our compliance office is very thorough and has always worked closely with our coaches and staff, which I think the NCAA realized and appreciated as we went through this process. Without question, we are a stronger football program today.”
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