That can't instill a great deal of confidence in WVU's caretakers.
The NCAA took it a step beyond, saying "the athletics department failed to adequately monitor its football program to assure compliance regarding the limitations on the number, duties and activities of countable football coaches.''
The NCAA report says the Mountaineer compliance staff "communicated concerns to the football staff regarding various individuals,'' but those individuals "continued to engage in impermissible activities.''
In sum, the athletic department, which seems to have more assistant ADs than Wal-Mart has employees, lacked diligence and fortitude, according to the NCAA.
Of course, the school has a new athletic director, and the hope is Oliver Luck will run a tighter ship. (Why wouldn't one with all that money on the line?)
What's yet to be seen, however, is what will be on that ship.
WVU fans will have to wait until either December or February (depending on how long it takes the school to respond) to learn of sanctions. One should be able to get a good idea of penalties, however, when Michigan's punishment is handed down.
Luck does have a football team on his hands with a great chance of winning a Big East title this season. But he also has a coach on his hands implicated by the NCAA. ("It is alleged that from the spring semester of the 2007-08 academic year through the fall semester of the 2009-10 academic year, the scope and nature of the violations detailed in Allegation Nos. 1-b and 2-b demonstrate that Bill Stewart, head football coach, failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within the football program and failed to adequately monitor the duties'' of graduate assistants, etc.)
It's probable that most around here, including this writer, believe Stewart meant no harm. However, WVU opponents will pounce on the situation. There is no doubt about it. They will point to impending sanctions when recruiting. And it doesn't help the Mountaineer cause that recruiting experts say WVU's current crop of 2011 commitments is less than lights-out.
It will be interesting to see the final effect. Yes, other schools like USC, Florida, LSU, Georgia and, of course, Michigan are likewise dealing with NCAA issues. But those schools are almost bulletproof.
Unfortunately for Mountaineer fans, WVU is not.