Bo Davis has not worked for Nick Saban at Alabama since April 2016 when he was fired on the heels of NCAA recruiting allegations. Now, we know what his punishment will be for those actions and, beyond that, what type of penalty the university itself will be paying.
The NCAA released its findings on Davis and the headliner is that he will be given a two-year “show cause” that will keep him out of the sport until 2019. Within the release, it was found that Davis acted “unethically” and here is the complete list of sanctions for coach and program:
- Public reprimand and censure for the university.
- A two-year show-cause period for the former assistant coach from April 14, 2017, through April 13, 2019. During that period, any NCAA member school employing the former coach in an athletics role, including his current school, must restrict him for all off-campus recruiting activities and require him to attend NCAA Regional Rules Seminars in 2017 and 2018.
- The former assistant coach requested an expedited penalty case to contest the length of his show-cause penalty. After the hearing, the panel determined the penalty was appropriate because the former assistant coach had a responsibility as a part of the NCAA membership to provide truthful information during the investigation and he failed to do so during the interviews.
- A withholding of the former assistant coach and his replacement from off-campus recruiting and telephone contact for 39 days, from April 22 through May 31, 2016 (self-imposed by the university).
- The former assistant coach involved in a Level III violation was prohibited from participating in any off-campus recruiting for 30 days from Sept. 25, 2015, through Oct. 25, 2015, and suspended from one game during the 2015 football season (self-imposed by the university).
- A disassociation of the booster (self-imposed by the university).
- A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
This won’t exactly cripple Alabama but it is certainly something to monitor moving forward.