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"Minor recruiting violation" by Wisconsin football team


MADISON (WSAU) CBS Sports reports the Wisconsin Badgers football team committed a minor violation of NCAA rules while recruiting North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson. The NCAA and the school are aware of the issue. Wisconsin will not face any penalties.

Wilson has been released from the N.C. State football team, but he still has a year of athletic eligibility remaining. He visited the Wisconsin campus last week, and has not decided where he will play next fall.

The infraction occurred when wide receiver Nick Toon made informal comments to reporters about Wilson’s campus visit. Toon was attending a tennis match, watching a friend play. He said: “Whenever you can bring someone in of his caliber it is going to be competition…and competition brings out the best in everybody and that’s great… Hopefully we’ll see him in a Wisconsin uniform next fall.”

The violation of NCAA rules is commenting on a recruit’s athletic ability or potential contribution of a team. Schools are only allowed to confirm or deny campus visits of prospective student-athletes.

Toon’s comments were also not approved by the athletic department. School policy is that the media makes requests to speak with student athletes, or the athletes are made available to reporters as post-game and post-practice news conferences.

Wisconsin is still considered a front-runner to land Wilson for next football season.