Nebraska women’s gymnastics violated NCAA rules under former head coach

Former Husker women's gymnastics coach Dan Kendig violated NCAA rules from 2014-2018 with a volunteer assistant coach. 
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LINCOLN – Former Husker women’s gymnastics coach Dan Kendig violated NCAA rules from 2014-2018 with a volunteer assistant coach.

According to a report by the NCAA, Kendig and the volunteer assistant had agreed on a deal to be “paid by women’s gymnastics student-athletes for floor exercise choreography and by the university for floor exercise music.”

More from the NCAA’s report: “The agreement said the former head coach coordinated with the former volunteer coach to submit invoices for floor exercise music from a fictitious company. The invoices requested the check be made payable to an associate of the former volunteer coach so the university would not detect the impermissible payments.”

Kendig resigned from the head coaching job at Nebraska in 2018 while the former assistant is no longer with the program. Heather Brink is the current head coach of the Huskers.

The University of Nebraska athletics released this statement, “The University of Nebraska has received communication from the NCAA Committee on Infractions detailing a resolution to the case involving our women’s gymnastics program. We appreciate the cooperation and dialogue we have had with the NCAA during this process. Our focus now is on the future of our women’s gymnastics program under the direction of head coach Heather Brink.”

The NCAA released this list of punishments in its report:

  • Two years of probation.
  • A fine of $5,000 plus 1% of the women’s gymnastics budget.
  • A three-year show-cause order for the former head coach. During the first year of that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply. He must be suspended from the first 40% of contests during the first year of the show-cause period. If he is employed by a member school during the three-year period, the former head coach must attend one NCAA Regional Rules Seminar once at his own expense and must have enhanced monitoring and rules education.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former volunteer coach. During the first year of that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply. If he is employed by a member school during the two-year period, the former volunteer coach must attend one NCAA Regional Rules Seminar once at his own expense and must have enhanced monitoring and rules education.
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