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Clemson reports 12 NCAA secondary violations SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Clemson's athletic department...

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Clemson reports 12 NCAA secondary violations SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Clemson's athletic department reported 12 NCAA secondary violations, including two athletes repaying their portion of a hotel room paid for by a former teammate's agent. In addition, an interal audit found that athletes living off campus received about $1 more than they should have in their housing allowance. The violations were reported Friday, and occurred between February and July 15. Clemson's athletic department releases NCAA violations twice a year through open records requests from The Associated Press and other media outlets. The reports did not include the names of the athletes or the sports involved. The infractions are all considered secondary, the least serious NCAA classification. Among the violations was one that occurred in March when a Clemson coach overheard players discussing their spring break trip to Miami and visiting former teammates training there. The athletic department's compliance department later found out that two athletes stayed in a hotel room paid for by the former teammate's agent at a cost of $379 plus tax per night. The two were made to pay back their share of the bill, donating $76 each to charity. The audit found out that Clemson athletes living away from campus received $1 to $2 more than they should have. All were declared ineligible but will have their status restored when they pay back the nominal fee. Other infractions included a coach allowing a prospective student athlete to shadow him for a day in February. The violation was discovered when the coach took the young person to show him the compliance office. The coach was given a refresher on NCAA rules. The NCAA found a Clemson prospect participated in organized competition past the one-year grace period given after high school graduation. The athlete was declared ineligible and was reinstated by the NCAA. Also, the NCAA discovered a Clemson prospect was paid for playing in organized competition. He had his eligibility reinstated on the conditions that he would be charged a season of competition and repay the cost of the impermissible benefit, $333, to a local charity. Another prospect recruited by Clemson was found by the NCAA to have played five games as a professional. The prospect's eligibility will be restored if the recruit sits out next season. In another instance, a prospect heading for an official visit to Clemson had their car break down and called a coach for help because there was a toddler in the vehicle. Clemson's compliance office called the Atlantic Coast Conference office and, after consulting with the NCAA enforcement staff, was allowed to let a non-coaching staff employee pick the family about 5 miles away in Pendleton. The prospect was asked to pay back $2.66 in mileage costs. By: The Associated Press Published: July 30, 2011