SUU football coach tampered with two transfer portal targets, NCAA says

In this file photo, Southern Utah University football coach DeLane Fitzgerald addresses players, Cedar City, Utah, date not specified | Photo courtesy of SUU Athletics, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — The NCAA has cracked down on Southern Utah University for tampering with potential transfers.

Head coach DeLane Fitzgerald committed two transfer portal violations and will now be suspended for a game, the NCAA announced Wednesday. That goes along with one year of probation, a $5,000 fine and several recruiting penalties over the next two years.

Fitzgerald called one recruit for 17 minutes on the phone sometime after Jan. 1, 2023, the NCAA said. The recruit ended up entering the portal and committing to SUU.

Fitzgerald texted another player for game tape, but the recruit said he would not be entering the portal, per the NCAA.

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