Arkansas coach John Pelphrey violated NCAA rules

From CBS Sports
In a photograph obtained by, Pelphrey is shown posing with Sylvan Hill High standout Archie Goodwin (a consensus top-20 national recruit) and teammate Trey Smith last December at a high school tournament in Conway, Ark. Bylaw states that off-campus contact cannot be made with a prospect (or his relatives or legal guardians) before July 1, following the completion of his junior year of high school. Goodwin and Smith are still in their junior years of high school.

Both confirmed the authenticity of the photograph in separate phone calls with and described the conversation with Pelphrey as brief. But according to the NCAA, any face-to-face encounter between a coach and a prospect that takes place at the site of an organized competition involving the prospect or the prospect’s high school is a “contact,” regardless of the conversation that occurs.

Smith told that his mother took the photo.

“My mom was like, ‘Hey, go get a picture,'” Smith said. “So we snapped a picture.”

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