The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee upheld its previous penalty on former Alabama defensive line coach Bo Davis, it announced in a post on its website on Thursday morning. Davis’ show-cause penalty, which began on April 14 and will run through April 13, 2019, will be upheld.
The post does not mention Davis by name. Davis resigned from his position at Alabama on April 29, 2016, following an inquiry into recruiting violations. The NCAA ruling said Davis “violated ethical conduct rules when he provided false or misleading information about impermissible recruiting contacts.”
He is currently the defensive line coach at Texas-San Antonio. Davis’ appeal argued that his show-cause penalty should have begun on the date of his resignation from Alabama rather than April this year, when it was announced by the NCAA.
The NCAA dismissed that, saying that the NCAA in past cases has not considered the timing of penalties other than the announcement of the start date. The NCAA also said its initial ruling showed leniency to Davis. He could have been subject to a show-cause “ranging from a minimum of five years to a maximum of 10 years with a prohibition on all athletically related duties,” according to the NCAA. Instead, he received a two-year penalty due to the nature of the violations and the immediate action when the violations came to the attention of the University of Alabama.
The show-cause penalty requires that “any NCAA member school employing the former coach in an athletics role, including his current school, must restrict him from all off-campus recruiting activities.”
Davis coached Alabama’s defensive line from 2007-10 and again from 2014-15. He’s a longtime Nick Saban assistant, working at LSU from 2002-05 as assistant strength and conditioning coach, then following Saban to the Dolphins in 2006.