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Texas A&M football gets 1-year probation from NCAA; Jimbo Fisher gets 6-month show-cause order

The Jimbo Fisher era hasn’t gotten off to the best start in College Station.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 06 Kentucky at Texas A&M Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The NCAA has announced that the Texas A&M Aggies’ football program has been placed on a one-year probation, and head coach Jimbo Fisher was given a six-month show-cause order.

This comes after the NCAA found Fisher and the Aggies violated NCAA recruiting and athletic-related activity rules.

The NCAA says the violations occurred between January 2018 and February 2019 and included Fisher and an assistant coach had “impermissible contact with a recruit.” That coach was later identified as Jay Graham, who now is with Tennessee.

After a resolution between Texas A&M and the NCAA Level II-mitigated penalties were agreed upon. The penalties are as followed:

  • One year of probation.
  • A fine of $5,000.
  • A reduction in football official visits by 17 days during the 2019-20 academic year.
  • An off-campus recruiting ban for the entire football coaching staff for November 2019, which reduced the permissible evaluation days for the 2019-20 academic year by 19.
  • A seven-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 spring off-campus recruiting period and a 10-day off-campus recruiting ban for the football coaching staff for the 2020 fall off-campus recruiting period.
  • The university ended its recruitment of the prospect.
  • A ban on recruiting any prospects from the prospect’s high school for the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-222 academic years.
  • A six-month show-cause order for the head coach. The terms of the show-cause order include a previously served nine-day ban on phone calls, emails or texts with prospects in January 2020; a reduction in off-campus recruiting contact days by three for the December 2019 through January 2020 contact period; a ban on all off-campus recruiting activities for the fall 2020 contact period; additional one-on-one rules education; and a public statement from the head coach addressing the violations.

Kentucky and Texas A&M last met in 2018 when the Aggies defeated UK in College Station.

UK head coach Mark Stoops spent three seasons as Jimbo Fisher’s defensive coordinator at Florida State. Since leaving Tallahassee, Fisher has posted a combined 17-9 record in his first two seasons as Aggies head coach.