Report: Brewster broke NCAA rules by texting recruits

Marco LaNave

In his first season as the Gophers’ head coach, Tim Brewster violated NCAA rules by sending text messages to three recruits, according to a report by the Star Tribune.

University of Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi sent Brewster a letter of admonishment this summer, according to the report.

The NCAA board of directors voted in April 2007 to ban text messaging, and the 2008 national convention upheld the ban.

The report said that Brewster sent text messages to three prospective student-athletes between Aug. 29, 2007, and Nov. 30, 2007.  Two of the text messages were responses to messages Brewster received from recruits.  Two of the student-athletes signed national letters of intent to play at Minnesota, the report said.

According to the report, Brewster’s actions were secondary violations of NCAA rules.  Maturi said the University has "averaged 30-some secondary violations a year" while he has been the athletic director, the report said.