Minnesota Duluth announced Tuesday that the NCAA and UMD have concluded a formal investigation of by-law violations concerning former UMD women’s student-athlete Iya Gavrilova of Russia, a freshman forward with the 2007-08 team. The point of contention involved payment to players on a team which Gavrilova played on in Russia before coming to UMD, making her ineligible. The NCAA investigation took more than a year to complete. Complete details will be at duluthnewstribune.com
Agreed Upon Actions to be Taken by UMD:
· Declare the student athlete permanently ineligible.
· Vacate all regular season games during the 2007-08 season in
which the ineligible student athlete played, and vacate the 2008 WCHA
regular season conference title. UMD will retain the 2008 WCHA
Tournament Championship and the NCAA Championship titles.
· Implement a revised procedure to evaluate eligibility of all
prospective student athletes. Beginning with the 2008-09 academic year,
all prospective international student athletes (and any prospective
student athletes who did not matriculate at a two or four year
institution immediately after high school graduation) will complete two
institutional forms disclosing all teams on which they have
participated since graduation or while in high school, if teams were
not directly sponsored by their high school.
· The institution is required to preclude the women’s ice hockey
coaching staff from engaging in any on-or-off-campus recruiting
activities for a period of two weeks.
· The violations will be discussed at further UMD coaches’
meetings, and each fall a coaches’ meeting will be dedicated to the
review of the amateurism process.
· UMD is required to engage in a compliance review per NCAA
Division I by-law 20.4.4 by August 1, 2009.
The violations occurred when the student athlete competed during a
portion of the 2007-08 regular season while ineligible, because she had
previously participated on teams later deemed to be professional by
NCAA rules. Prior to the investigation, UMD and the student athlete
were unaware of the status of those teams.
It was also determined that an additional violation occurred when a
former UMD student athlete was involved in the recruiting process,
contrary to NCAA by-laws.
All violations were determined by the NCAA to be secondary violations.
This investigation began when the University was alerted in January
2008 to a concern regarding the student athlete’s eligibility. UMD
immediately contacted the NCAA about the issue, and worked
cooperatively with the NCAA in its investigation over the past year.
This matter has been formally reviewed by the NCAA and the
WCHA. Consistent with its obligations as an NCAA and WCHA member, UMD
is committed to maintaining full compliance with all NCAA and WCHA
rules and regulations.