Attorney: Former OU assistant 'pleased' with outcome

Updated: May 25, 2006, 9:33 PM ET
Associated Press

NORMAN, Okla. -- Former Oklahoma assistant Bob Hoffman was more concerned about having his name cleared than the potential impact of an NCAA infractions file on his coaching future, his attorney said Thursday.

Hoffman was included in an NCAA Committee on Infractions report on nearly 600 impermissible recruiting phone calls by Oklahoma coaches, but the former Texas-Pan American coach will not have a record of his violations kept.

Oklahoma had argued that Hoffman, a former head coach at Southern Nazarene and Oklahoma Baptist, had little involvement in the calls that resulted in an NCAA inquiry and should not be listed in the so-called "pink files." The NCAA ruled that Hoffman, who was hired in May 2004, had "minimal involvement."

"The bulk of his calls were to the family of a prospect whose father he had known for a number of years and at least some of his violations seem to have been truly inadvertent," the NCAA infractions committee said in a report.

"We believed there was no recruiting advantage gained simply because the relationship already existed," said Toby Baldwin, an attorney for Hoffman.

Baldwin said Hoffman took the case personally because he has tried to teach character throughout his career.

"In all his years of coaching, this is the only question mark that has been brought against Coach Hoffman," Baldwin said.

Baldwin said Oklahoma "really went to bat for Coach Hoffman," and the coach appreciated the support of athletic director Joe Castiglione and university president David Boren as well as the understanding of the NCAA infractions committee and enforcement staff.

"We're very pleased that the committee was receptive to our arguments regarding Coach Hoffman and they accepted the extenuating circumstances," Baldwin said.

Hoffman, who served as Oklahoma's interim head coach after Kelvin Sampson resigned in March to go to Indiana, was not retained as an assistant by new coach Jeff Capel.


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