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Wichita State Baseball Hit With NCAA Penalties

Wichita State Baseball Hit With NCAA Penalties

wooden gavel and books on wooden table,on brown backgroundWichita State’s baseball program was hit with one year of probation, a $5,000 fine, and the school might vacate up to 74 wins over the 2012 and 2013 seasons as ineligible players were utilized, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

The committee ruled that for nearly two years, 21 baseball players purchased shoes, clothing, hunting gear and other non-athletics items for a total of $7,594.18, using a 50 percent discount.

Because the discount provided by former assistant (Shelley Wombacher) was not generally available to the full student body, family and friends, the discount is considered an extra benefit to the players.

The committee ruled that Wichita State did not monitor the activities of Wombacher regarding her use of a VIP account provided by the school’s apparel provider.

The former assistant provided her log-in information to the baseball players so they could access her computer and VIP account. The athletes paid for the items themselves and believed they could order items in this manner as a part of the school’s agreement with the apparel provider.

While the former assistant had a working knowledge of NCAA rules, the school acknowledged it should have provided her with further rules education and didn’t closely monitor her VIP account activities.

Additionally, the school failed to implement recommended changes to its apparel purchasing system that would have ultimately helped avoid the extra benefit violations.

Because of this, the school failed to monitor its baseball program, according to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

Penalties and corrective measures include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • One year of probation from January 29, 2015 through January 28, 2016.
  • A fine of $5,000.
  • Wichita State will vacate all regular season and conference tournament wins in which the 21 baseball players competed while ineligible.

According to Wichita State officials, the vacated wins will come from the 2012 and 2013 seasons only.

Wichita State is currently working on calculating the vacated wins total. It will depend on when purchases were made on the account and what wins those players participated in.

The maximum number of wins that could be vacated is 74 (35 in 2012 and 39 in 2013).

WSU’s current coaching staff is not viewed as being responsible for the violations, Eleanor Myers, the chief hearing officer for the NCAA Committee on Infractions said.

Current Head Coach Todd Butler discovered that his players received discounts on Under Armour apparel through an account administered by Wombacher.

Butler was hired to replace long time head coach Gene Stephenson in June of 2013 and spent the large majority of his time on the road recruiting. When fall hit as players came back to school, he devoted time to practice.

Said the NCAA report: “As (Butler) was spending more time in the baseball office, he began to notice a large number of packages from the apparel provider being delivered to the former administrative assistant. On Nov. 15, the head coach asked one member of the team whether he had received any such items. The student-athlete confirmed that he had ordered discounted items of apparel through the former administrative assistant.

“The head coach reported the matter to the senior associate athletics’ director for external operations on the next business day. On Nov. 21, the head coach opened a package delivered to the baseball office from the apparel provider for another student-athlete. When he found that it contained items of athletics apparel, he took the items to the institution’s associate athletic director for student services and reported his concerns. The institution then began an investigation into the use of the VIP account by student-athletes.”

NCAA rules allow athletes to purchase items related to their sport. However, baseball players purchased hunting gear and other non-baseball clothing.

On Feb. 14, 2014, the NCAA suspended eight players from 3-9 games. Eight players who purchased less than $100 worth of clothing paid back the money. Five baseball players either left the team or transferred before the 2014 season.

To view the complete NCAA Infractions’ Report, CLICK HERE.

2014 High School Pre-Season All-Americans

2014 High School Pre-Season All-Americans

Louisville Slugger 2014 BannerMichael Rivera Venice HSTUCSON, Ariz. — An all-star lineup of high school players headline the 2014 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-America baseball team

The players on this list represent not only amazing athletic ability and talent in their respective positions, but they also are among the most sought after players by pro scouts and college recruiters.

The majority of the players have committed to a college and most have received national recognition already. Many were players of the year in their league, region or state and have racked up a number of awards.

For the 18th straight year, Louisville Slugger is sponsoring the High School All-America team. The staff of Collegiate Baseball newspaper selects the team.

First Team
Tyler Kolek, RHP, Shepherd HS, TX
Luis Ortiz, RHP, Sanger HS, CA
Sean Reid-Foley, RHP, Sandalwood HS, Jacksonville, FL
Paxton Stover, LHP, Dyer County HS, Newbern, TN
Cobi Johnson, RHP, Mitchell HS, Trinity, FL
Justus Sheffield, LHP, Tullahoma HS, TN
Marvin Gorgas, RHP, East Hampton HS, CT
Jeb Bargfeldt, LHP, Owasso HS, OK
Turner Larkins, RHP, Arlington Martin HS, TX
Touki Toussaint, RHP, Coral Springs Christian, Coral Springs, FL
Grant Holmes, RHP, Conway HS, SC
Jonah Patten, RHP, Norwell HS, Ossian, IN
Dylan Cease, RHP, Milton HS, GA
Tyler Frost, RHP, Greenway HS, Phoenix, AZ
Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien HS, LaVerne, CA
Matthew Ruppenthal, RHP, Brother Rice HS, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Foster Griffin, LHP, The First Academy, Orlando, FL
Kevin Steen, RHP, Oak Ridge HS, TN
Brady Aiken, LHP, Cathedral Catholic HS, San Diego, CA
Brad Bass, RHP, Lincoln-Way Central HS, New Lenox, IL
Trysten Barlow, LHP, Dyer County HS, Newbern, TN
Gentry Fortuno, RHP, Flanagan HS, Pembroke Pines, FL
Spencer Vogelbach, RHP, Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, CA
Carson Sands, LHP, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, FL
Brendan McKay, LHP, Blackhawk HS, Beaver Falls, PA
Alexander Faedo, RHP, Alonso HS, Tampa, FL
Mac Marshall, LHP, Parkview HS, Lilburn, GA
Micah Miniard, RHP, Boyle County HS, Danville, KY
Braden Webb, RHP, Owasso HS, OK
Cole Sands, RHP, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, FL
Keven Pimentel, RHP, Montverde Academy, Montverde, FL
Garett King, RHP, Orange Lutheran HS, Orange, CA
Brandon Murray, RHP, Hobart HS, IN
Ryan Falls, LHP, Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin HS, Chardon, OH
Joe DeMers, RHP, College Park HS, Pleasant Hills, CA

Alex Jackson, Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego, CA
Chase Vallot, St. Thomas More HS, Lafayette, LA
Mike Rivera, Venice HS, FL
Colton Shaver, Jordan HS, Sandy, UT
Michael Blasko, Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, NV
Cody Henry, Pensacola Catholic HS, FL
Jakson Reetz, Norris HS, Firth, NE
Benito Santiago, Coral Springs Christian Academy, Coral Springs, FL

Shane Benes, SS, Westminster Christian, St. Louis, MO
Trace Loehr, SS, Rex Putnam HS, Milwaukie, OR
Chandler Avant, SS, Pike Liberal Arts HS, Troy, AL
Madison Stokes, SS, AC Flora HS, Columbia, SC
Brody Westmoreland, SS/3B, ThunderRidge HS, Highlands Ranch, CO
Evan Hanifee, 3B, Turner Ashby HS, Bridgewater, VA
Nick Gordon, SS, Olympia HS, Orlando, FL
Jacob Gatewood, SS, Clovis HS, CA
Calyn Gremier, SS, Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, NV
Dale Burdick, SS, Summit HS, Spring Hill, TN
Evans Bozeman, 1B, Pensacola Catholic HS, Pensacola, FL
Gregory Deichmann, SS/3B, Brother Martin HS, New Orleans, LA
Cole Tucker, SS/2B, Mountain Pointe HS, Phoenix, AZ
Trevor Ezell, SS, Bryant HS, AR
Ti’Quan Forbes, SS, Columbia HS, MS
Nick Madrigal, SS, Elk Grove HS, CA
Braxton Davidson, 1B, TC Roberson HS, Asheville, NC
Gavin LaValley, 3B/1B, Carl Albert HS, Midwest City, OK
Drew Ward, SS, Leedey HS, OK

Donald (DJ) Peters, Glendora HS, CA
Lane Thomas, Beardin HS, Knoxville, TN
Jon Littell, Stillwater HS, OK
Carl Chester, Lake Brantley HS, FL
Cole Krzmarzick, Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, NV
Derek Hill, Elk Grove HS, CA
Clay Casey, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, MS
Jeren Kendall, Holmen HS, WI
Stone Garrett, George Ranch HS, Richmond, TX
Scott Hurst, Bishop Amat HS, La Puente, CA
Eli Dilday, Francis Howell HS, St. Charles, MO
Beau Jordan, Barbe HS, Lake Charles, LA

Multi-Position Athletes
Michael Gettys, OF/RHP, Gainesville HS, GA
Jack Flaherty, RHP/INF, Harvard-Westlake HS, Studio City, CA
Alex Verdugo, LHP/CF, Sahuaro HS, Tucson, AZ
Jesse McCord, RHP/3B, Spanish Fort HS, AL
Keaton McKinney, RHP/1B, Centennial HS, Ankeny, IA
Adam Haseley, LHP/CF, The First Academy, Orlando, FL
Chris Andritsos, RHP/1B, The Woodlands HS, TX
Dazon Cole, SS/RHP, West Bloomfield HS, Pontiac, MI
Ryan Castellani, RHP/OF, Brophy College Prep, Phoenix, AZ
Grant Reuss, LHP/1B, Cranbrook HS, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Reese Cooley, CF/RHP, Fleming Island HS, FL
Sean Deely, RHP/1B, Archmere Academy, Claymont, DE
Brendan Illies, RHP/C, Puyallup HS, WA
Scott Schreiber, SS/RHP, Kimberly HS, WI
Alex Destino, LHP/OF, North Buncombe HS, Weaverville, NC
Kyle Pate, LHP/OF, Fayetteville HS, AR
Zack Henderson, OF/RHP, Greendale HS, WI
Sam Hentges, LHP/1B, Mounds View HS, Arden Hills, MN

Honorable Mention
Corey Childress, RHP, Fairhope HS, AL
Austin Riley, RHP, DeSoto Central HS, Southaven, MS
Andy Pagnozzi, RHP, Fayetteville HS, AR
Patrick Raby, RHP, Farragut HS, Knoxville, TN
Bradley Schaenzer, LHP, Lake Orion HS, MI
Matt Desomer, RHP, Andrean HS, Merrillville, IN
Jacob Nix, RHP, Los Alamitos HS, CA
John Murphy, P, Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, NJ
Anderson Deleon, RHP, John Adams HS, Queens, NY
Clark Cota, RHP, Topsail HS, Hampstead, NC
Tyler Stevens, RHP, Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, CO
Tony Romanelli, LHP, Beacon HS, NY
Byron Hood, RHP, Norris HS, Firth, NE
Zach Logue, LHP, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, OH
Gus Raglund, RHP, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, OH
Zach Engelken, P, Blue Valley West HS, Overland Park, KS
Calder Mikell, RHP, Petal HS, MS
Maverik Buffo, RHP, Spanish Fork HS, UT
Tyler Mondile, RHP, Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, NJ
Hunter Van Horn, LHP, Jesuit HS, Tampa, FL

Hunter Morris, Paris HS, IL
Ryan McCullers, Jesuit HS, Tampa, FL
Justin Morris, DeMatha Catholic HS, Hyattsville, MD
Vincent Taormina, Silverado HS, Las Vegas, NV
Brewer Hicklen, Huntsville HS, AL
Bryce Carter, Cascia Hall HS, Tulsa, OK
Nic Perkins, Francis Howell HS, St. Charles, MO

Carl Stajduhar, 3B, Rocky Mountain HS, Fort Collins, CO
Nick Dunn, SS, Shikellamy HS, Sunbury, PA
Payton Squier, 2B/SS, Greenway HS, Phoenix, AZ
Jeremy Peterson, 3B/1B, Reno HS, NV
Nick Roark, SS, Broken Arrow HS, OK
Mason O’Brien, 1B, Owasso HS, OK
Kory Young, SS/3B, Rockford HS, MI
Quinn Rawson, 1B, Puyallup HS, WA
Chris Davis Jr., 2B, Oaks Christian HS, Westlake Village, CA
Riley Mahan, SS, Archbishop Moeller HS, Cincinnati, OH
Phil Dickinson, SS, Gloucester Catholic HS, Gloucester City, NJ
Joe Wainhouse, 1B, Kentridge HS, Kent, WA
Brandon McCalla, 1B, Nova HS, Davie, FL
Bryson Brigman, SS, Valley Christian HS, San Jose, CA

Anthony Brocato, Rutgers Prep, Somerset, NJ
Matthew Railey, North Florida Christian, Tallahassee, FL
Nolan Hayward, Mount Saint Charles Academy, Woonsocket, RI
Brian Kiser, Eastwood HS, El Paso, TX
Gage Canning, Ramona HS, CA
Gerrio Rahming, The Rabun Gap School, Rabun Gap, GA

Multi-Position Athletes
Troy Garcia, LHP, Antonian College Prep, San Antonio, TX
Nick Gates, 1B/RHP, Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas, NV

For statistics and details about the 2014 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season H.S. All-America team, purchase the Jan. 24, 2014 edition of Collegiate Baseball newspaper by CLICKING HERE.