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Effort to help ex-player finish degree backfires on Iowa St, leading to major NCAA case

Iowa State brought former guard Keith Moore back as a student assistant in 2010, hoping for another success story in a program that helps former athletes return to finish their degrees.

Instead, it may get sanctioned for major NCAA recruiting violations for the first time since 1986.

University officials say a well-intentioned effort to allow Moore to assist the team while completing a bachelor's degree has backfired. It's led to an NCAA investigation that could result in sanctions for the school and coaches found to have improperly contacted recruits.

The university is now facing questions about whether it properly vetted and supervised Moore, an AAU coach for top Iowa high school players. Experts say the Committee on Infractions will scrutinize the program's relationship with Moore before deciding punishment.