Washington coach Steve Sarkisian's two recruiting violations over the last two weeks -- each outlined in blog posts below -- clearly are not good first impressions, either in reality or perception. However, Pac-10 associate commissioner for compliance Mike Matthews has put them in some perspective.
"Secondary violations are very common," Matthews said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press."... Generally speaking, secondary violations result in a revisiting of the rules and a letter of admonishment."
UW athletic director Scott Woodward said the university self reports 30 or so secondary violations each academic year, usually with five or six concerning football.
Matthews said that the Pac-10 does not consider a set number of secondary violations for one school equivalent to a major violation that would prompt harsher penalties.