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Alabama's annual First Friday of July news dump unveiled 16 total secondary violations committed by various Crimson Tide athletic programs during the 2018-19 school year.

Alabama's athletic department self-reported 16 total Level 3-4 violations to the NCAA for offenses committed between July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019, including two connected to the football program.

Both of the football team's secondary violations involved improper recruiting practices, when unnamed assistant coaches contacted recruits when they shouldn't have.

The first violation, which was reported Oct. 8, 2018, involved an assistant coach calling a prospective student-athlete twice in one week outside the contact period. The entire coaching staff was prohibited from any correspondence with the prospective student-athlete for two weeks.

The next violation, which was self-reported on March 9, involved an assistant coach contacting prospects prior to the permissible contact period. The offending coach was forbidden to participate in any off-campus recruiting for 30 days, the involved recruits weren't allowed in-person contact with Alabama's staff until 30 days after the first permissible day for visits, and rules education was administered to the entire staff.

The athletics department reported three violations involving the men's basketball program, the first two of which took place with the previous coaching staff and included recruits impermissible extra benefits.

The first violation was reported Sept. 13, 2018 and involved current student-athletes receiving pregame access to the sideline and a special seating area for a home football game against Arkansas State on Sept. 8. For that violation, the involved student-athletes were ruled ineligible until they were able to repay the value of the benefits received and the booster who permitted the basketball players into the special seating area received a letter of admonishment, along with extensive rules education for all Alabama players, coaches and venue staff that allowed the violation. 

The other violation was reported Dec. 18, 2018 and involved five prospective student-athletes receiving personalized desserts during an official visit. The resulting action included the program's permissible recruiting days reduced from 130 to 120, a reduction of two recruiting days per prospective student-athlete involved.

The third violation involving the men's basketball program resulted from the athletic department announcing the hiring of new head coach Nate Oats before submitting his name to the conference office for review of his compliance background. The entire staff received rules education for the violation.

Among the more egregious self-reported secondary violations included the women's tennis coach contacting a prospective student-athlete that had already signed a binding National Letter of Intent with another institution, and resulted in a $500 fine, rules education and the end of contact between Alabama and the recruit.

Alabama athletic department's list of secondary violations self-reported between July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019:

FOOTBALL

Oct. 8, 2018: Assistant coach called prospective student-athlete (PSA) twice in one week outside a contact period.

March 9, 2019: Assistant coach contacted PSAs prior to the permissible contact period.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Nov. 13, 2018: Student-athletes received extra benefits involving pregame access to the sideline at Bryant-Denny Stadium as well as access to a special seating area during a home football contest.

Dec. 18, 2018: Five PSAs were provided personalized desserts during official visit.

April 5, 2019: New hire name was not sent to Southeastern Conference office for review of his compliance background.

GYMNASTICS

Nov. 9, 2018: Head coach sent text message to PSA prior to permissible contact date.

June 25, 2019: Coach sent a text message to a PSA prior to first permissible contact date.

MEN'S GOLF

Nov. 16, 2018: PSA made unofficial visit to campus during a dead period.

SOFTBALL

Feb. 14, 2019: The athletic department's softball Twitter account posted a thread that revealed the team's new uniforms, and listed the apparel company's Twitter account in the posting.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

Jan. 25, 2019: Coach inadvertently phoned the mother of a PSA prior to the permissible date to initiate telephone calls.

June 20, 2019: Coach mistakenly replied to an email from a PSA prior to the permissible date for first correspondence.

WOMEN'S TENNIS

May 10, 2019: Coach contacted a PSA who had signed a NLI with another institution.

WOMEN'S ROWING

Dec. 12, 2018: Coach inadvertently replied to an email from a PSA prior to the permissible date of first correspondence.

Feb. 6, 2019: Coach had off-campus contact with a parent of a junior recruit.

VOLLEYBALL

Feb. 4, 2019: Coach inadvertently called a PSA prior to the first permissible date to make phone calls.

BASEBALL, ROWING, SOFTBALL

June 20, 2019: Alabama didn’t submit final high school transcripts for six student-athletes certified pursuant to the early academic certification exception.

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