According to Football Scoop, Thompson texted a sophomore recruit the day following the player’s unofficial recruiting visit and requested a meeting with the recruit at the player’s high school.
NCAA rules prohibit the texting of recruits until they have completed their sophomore year. Coaches aren’t allowed to meet with recruits outside of the college campus until after the player’s junior year.
South Carolina’s penalties appear to be stiffer than those imposed on Thompson. They included a $10,000 fine, recruiting restrictions and one year of probation.
Thompson agreed to an NCAA-mandated one-game suspension, which he served earlier this season in the FAU win over Wagner. The NCAA imposed a one-year show cause penalty on Thompson and he can not take part in off-campus recruiting this fall.
FAU didn’t receive any penalties.
Thompson is the second coach to receive a show-cause penalty during Lane Kiffin’s three-year tenure. Chris Kiffin, Lane’s brother and the Owls’ defensive coordinator in 2017, received a show-cause order for his actions at Mississippi.
In his first year at FAU, Thompson is still listed as the Owls’ recruiting coordinator.
FAU officials declined to comment on story.