NCAA issues NIL-related recruiting violation to Florida State 

The NCAA penalized Florida State’s program on Thursday over a Name, Image and Likeness-related recruiting violation. 

The violation involves offensive coordinator Alex Atkins, according to Ralph D. Russo of The Associated Press

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The case dealt with “an impermissible recruiting contact between a transfer prospect and a booster, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions,” which stood for two Level II violations.

According to a release, “the booster encouraged the prospect to enroll at Florida State and offered a name, image and likeness deal as a recruiting inducement,” and, “The assistant coach then violated ethical conduct rules when he provided false or misleading information about his involvement in the arranged meeting.” 

Boosters “are not authorized recruiters and generally cannot have in-person, off-campus contact with prospects,” according to a release. Communication via telephone and the proposed NIL opportunity called for a recruitment violation. 

The booster of subject is reportedly NIL collective Rising Spear, according to Ross Dellenger of Yahoo! Sports

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Among the consequences include two years of probation and a two-year show cause order for Atkins, “including a suspension from the next three regular-season games, a two-week restriction on recruiting communication, and required attendance at a NCAA Regional Rules Seminar attendance,” according to a release. 

The NCAA Committee of Infractions approved a negotiated resolution reached between Atkins and the NCAA.