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Virginia football commits secondary violation

Virginia football committed a secondary NCAA violation when Coach Mike London posted directly onto the Facebook wall of prospective recruit Curtis Grant. Virginia is in the process of reporting the violation to the NCAA, according to the school's compliance office.

Coaches are allowed to correspond with prospective players via Facebook, but not post directly on their walls. All communication through social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc.) must be direct one-to-one private communication, which is viewed as a form of e-mail.

London was not available for comment, but it was considered by Virginia's compliance office as an "honest mistake" because London "believed he was privately messaging the prospective student-athlete as opposed to writing on the prospective student-athlete's wall," Steve Flippen, Virginia's assistant athletic director for compliance, wrote in an e-mail.

According to the NCAA, secondary violations are "isolated or inadvertent in nature, provides or is intended to provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit."

By Zach Berman  |  April 30, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
 | Tags: Mike London, Virginia football  
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