NCAA Rules on YSU Women’s Soccer Case

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The NCAA Division I Committee of Infractions ruled on a self-reported Youngstown State University case involving former women’s head soccer coach Fabio Boateng – providing false or misleading information to the enforcement staff.

Information about this NCAA decision can be found HERE.

The violations occurred between May 2016 and January 2017 while the university was first notified of the situation in October 2018.

The penalties include:

  • Three years of probation to run consecutively to the school’s current probationary period from a separate case;
  • $5,000 fine plus 2% of the women’s soccer budget (self-imposed);
  • 2019-20 postseason ban for the women’s soccer program (self-imposed);
  • Scholarship reduction of one equivalency during the 2020-21 academic year (self-imposed);
  • Reduction in women’s soccer official visits to five during the 2020-21 academic year (self-imposed);
  • 10-week ban on unofficial visits in the women’s soccer program during one academic year in the period of probation (self-imposed);
  • 10-week ban on recruiting communication in the women’s soccer program during one academic year in the period of probation (self-imposed);
  • 10-week ban on off-campus recruiting in the women’s soccer program during one academic year in the period of probation (self-imposed);

There is a five-year show-cause order for the former head coach and a vacation of all records in which student-athletes competed while ineligible.

YSU added it fully cooperated with the NCAA, self-reported violations and said the former head coach acted independently from the institution when he coordinated the falsification and submission of inaccurate transcripts as well as the impermissible recruiting inducements.

“This individual was terminated in fall of 2017 for unrelated reasons,” the school’s athletic department said in a statement. “YSU does not condone the unethical conduct which led to these violations and the lack of transparency. Youngstown State Athletics remains committed to upholding NCAA Division I ethical standards and will continue educating and supporting head coaches as they fulfill their responsibility to promote an atmosphere of compliance within their program.”

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