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WVU hit with 2-year probation

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The NCAA has placed West Virginia’s athletic department on two years’ probation for recruiting violations involving illegal text messages and phone calls in 14 sports.

The NCAA announced the sanctions Wednesday.

An NCAA Division I infractions committee determined coaches in 14 sports sent impermissible texts and made phone calls to prospects and parents between June 2010 and February 2013.

Most of the infractions occurred in women’s gymnastics, football, women’s basketball and women’s soccer. Most of the women’s gymnastics violations were committed by one assistant coach.

The committee determined that infractions in other sports were limited.

The NCAA says several coaches involved in the violations believed there was a misunderstanding in some of the recruiting communication rules.

WVU athletic director Shane Lyons says he’s disappointed by the violations, which were self-reported.