MORGANTOWN - West Virginia officials steadfastly refused to comment Monday on a published report that the school had self-reported violations within the football program concerning non-coaching staff members performing coaching duties.
Incoming athletic director Oliver Luck, however, said he was aware of an issue within the program, although he found out about it not in his new role, but while he was a member of the university's Board of Governors.
"I'm aware of the issue, but I don't have any of the details,'' Luck said. "I will say that it certainly has been my experience that WVU has always taken compliance extraordinarily seriously. I'm sure as I learn the details of this we'll continue to have a very vigilant compliance program.''
A report in a Huntington newspaper over the weekend said that WVU has reported to the NCAA violations it uncovered regarding two staff members who are employed in non-coaching roles, but performed coaching duties. The two are Pat Kirkland, the program's director of high school relations, and Dale Wolfley, director of player development.
Both are still employed.
WVU president James Clements, speaking at Luck's introductory news conference Monday, also declined comment.
"I'll allow somebody from the athletic department to address that,'' Clements said.
But no athletic department members would do so. Both outgoing athletic director Ed Pastilong and football coach Bill Stewart cited rules regarding speaking about ongoing NCAA investigations.
The NCAA was on the WVU campus last winter, presumably investigating the program as it was run under former coach Rich Rodriguez. Rodriguez's current Michigan program recently admitted to committing NCAA violations, one of them in regard to non-coaching personnel performing coaching duties.
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