Cal Basketball On Probation For Recruiting Violations

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Cal coach Mike Montgomery during the NCAA tournament in March, 2010. (Doug Benc/Getty Images)

BERKELEY (AP) – The NCAA has placed the California men’s basketball program on two years probation for making more than 300 impermissible recruiting phone calls.

The sanctions announced Friday add only a few small penalties on top of what the school had already self-imposed after reporting the 365 calls.

Coach Mike Montgomery and three assistants already have served penalties limiting contact with recruits. One unidentified assistant will also not be allowed to make phone calls to recruits from March 12 to June 11.

The only other additional penalties handed out Friday were a limit of five official paid visits for the next two academic years, a public reprimand and a requirement that Montgomery and two assistants must attend a rules seminar.

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