Florida lost two men’s basketball recruiting visits during the 2010-11 academic year due to a self-reported NCAA violation.

UF reported the violation to the Southeastern Conference office April 23, 2010 after a prospective student athlete spoke to several former Florida basketball players on the phone. As a result, the SEC reduced the number of Florida’s official visits from 12 to 10 during 2010-11.

As a side note, the NCAA bylaw that prohibits prospective student athletes from speaking to former players is being challenged in the courts. Lawyers contend the rule violates a PSA’s freedom of speech rights.

In all, Florida reported three men’s basketball NCAA violations during 2010. The second involved an assistant coach having contact with a recruit during the non-contact July evaluation period. Florida lost two evaluation days in July as a result of the violation. The third involved advertising a men’s basketball camp and resulted in no significant punishment.

All three were Level 1 violations, which are reviewable by the NCAA. The Sun learned of the violations through an open records request.

Georgia most recently self-reported a similar violation in which former Bulldog football players David Pollack and Randall Godfrey attended incoming 2011 recruit Ray Drew’s signing ceremony.

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