Top regents were aware of Iowa State’s NCAA issue

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The president of the Iowa Board of Regents says he was briefed last summer about possible NCAA violations at Iowa State University but he doesn’t consider them serious.

Craig Lang said Thursday that he and Regent Bruce Rastetter were informed by ISU President Steven Leath about the investigation involving impermissible calls to recruits.

He says Leath told them the main issue was that coaches didn’t know they were supposed to document calls that failed to connect with recruits because they were dropped or not answered.

Lang says he recalls thinking “obviously, this isn’t serious.”

Iowa State announced Tuesday an internal investigation found 79 improper calls between 2008 and 2011, and 1,400 calls that should have been documented. It has asked the NCAA for two years of probation as punishment.

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