Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, a former Michigan State star and Saginaw native, stops by Comerica Park on Sept. 14, 2017, to throw out the first pitch. By George Sipple, DFP.
EAST LANSING – More than three years after his last college game, Draymond Green managed to get Michigan State in minor trouble with the NCAA.
He got Miles Bridges and Steph Curry involved, too.
Blame the iPhone.
The NBA All-Star used FaceTime to talk with then-recruit Bridges from the Golden State Warriors’ locker room after they defeated the Houston Rockets to win the Western Conference on May 27, 2015.
Bridges – MSU’s sophomore forward who had not yet committed to the Spartans – posted a photo from their conversation shortly after midnight that showed himself talking to Green in one shot and Curry in another.
That was a no-no, according to NCAA rules and documents obtained by the Free Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.
According to the NCAA rules manual, such telephone conversations by Green, who is considered “an athletics representative of a member institution,” must be initiated by the recruit “and the call is not for recruiting purposes.”
Green also called Bridges on Sept. 12, 2015,
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The NCAA’s enforcement staff contacted MSU’s compliance office on June 28, 2016 about an SB Nation story from March that year which relayed the information and had Bridges’ tweet embedded. The NCAA also discovered Green called Bridges for a minute on Sept. 12, 2015 — two days after he donated $3.1 million to Michigan State athletics — and no recruiting conversation took place, according to the NCAA case summary.
Bridges committed to MSU on Oct. 3, 2015.
“(Green) and (Bridges) had a prior relationship,” the case summary states. “The two are from the same area and had played for the same AAU team in their hometown. The one telephone call initiated by (Green) was one minute in length, no recruiting conversation took place, and it was not at the direction of the coaching staff.”
NCAA determined MSU’s coaching staff did not direct Green to call Bridges on either occasion. There have been no other violations involving coach Tom Izzo’s program since June 2016.
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Among the other minor violations – all deemed secondary/Level III infractions – from the past year involving MSU athletics:
* Football:The program self-reported 11 secondary violations since Aug. 1, 2013, all deemed “Level III” infractions, three of which involved former recruiting director Curtis Blackwell.
* Ice hockey: MSU’s hockey team exceeded its practice time limit by 15 minutes during an out-of-season period because of an off-ice meeting. Then-coach Tom Anastos self-reported the violation, and he reduced the skill instruction for the rest of that off-season by 30 minutes beginning Sept. 30, 2016.
* Women’s basketball: An assistant coach’s fiancé attended an off-campus meal with a recruit and her parents. Rules training was required.
* Baseball: The team conducted a countable practice before the season with a 40-minute individual workout with coaches on Jan. 16, 2017. The Spartans took two additional days off practice during the season as a penalty.
* Field hockey: The Spartans exceeded skill instruction by an hour during the off-season in January 2017. It was discovered in March, and MSU reduced practice by two hours the week of March 28-April 3.
* Volleyball: Players received a $60 total overage for meals during the 2015-16 season in conjunction with home matches. Coach Cathy George believed the permissible amount had changed from $15 to $20. Athletes were required to repay the money, and coaches were ordered to review the NCAA bylaws.
* Rowing: Several athletes exceeded the limits of four hours per day and 20 hours per week of practice time due to conflicting class schedules. The team was required to reduce practice time by two hours a week in the 2016-17 season and by one hour in the off-season. Voluntary countable athletically related activities during the 2016-17 season also were eliminated, training was required, and head coach Matt Weise received a letter of admonishment.
* Women’s track: An assistant coach had in-person, off-campus contact with a recruit during a quiet period in August 2016. It was self-reported later that day. MSU counted that as an off-campus contact while reduced future contact opportunities with that athlete in half.
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