Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SMU, Larry Brown Hit With Severe NCAA Penalties

The NCAA dealt SMU and head coach Larry Brown serious penalties following allegations of academic fraud, unethical conduct and head coach control.

The punishment for the basketball program includes a postseason ban, a 9-game suspension for Brown, 3 years probation, 9 scholarships lost, a vacation of wins in which the ineligible player participated and recruiting restrictions.

Here's a rundown of the allegations against the men's basketball program from the NCAA:

A former assistant men’s basketball coach encouraged a student-athlete to enroll in an online course to meet NCAA initial eligibility standards and be admitted to the university. After he enrolled in the course, a former men’s basketball administrative assistant obtained the student’s username and password then completed all of his coursework. The student-athlete received fraudulent credit for the course and, as a result, competed while ineligible during his freshman season. When speaking with NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete admitted that the former administrative assistant asked him to provide false information during the interview. In its decision, the panel noted it is very troubled that academic advising was administered by athletics staff.

The former administrative assistant violated NCAA’s ethical conduct rules when she provided false information during her interviews and attempted to influence a student-athlete to provide false information during his interview. The administrative assistant initially cooperated with the investigation, but later ended the second interview early, refused to provide documentation and denied additional interview requests.

While the university noted the head basketball coach received rules education, the panel noted it did not see a record of steps the he took to establish and ensure a culture of compliance within his program. Although the head basketball coach did not have direct knowledge or involvement in the misconduct, he did not follow up on the completion of coursework. Upon learning of the misconduct in 2014, the head basketball coach did not report it to the compliance staff, conference office or enforcement staff for more than a month. When asked by the NCAA enforcement staff about the potential violations, the head basketball coach initially denied having any information about the conversations with the former administrative assistant and student-athlete.

The head basketball coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program. He failed to report the violations when the former administrative assistant committed academic fraud on behalf of the student-athlete and he initially lied to enforcement staff about his knowledge of the potential violations.

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Dick Vitale believe Brown should be banned from college basketball:

I have a big problem when a coach puts three major schools on probation during his watch. It happened at UCLA, where he did a great job on the court.

Brown went from there to have an exceptional career coaching in the pros. He is the only man to win both and NBA and NCAA championship as a head coach.

Later on, he gets a third chance to coach in the college ranks. He gets to take over struggling SMU. He builds it back up, doing a phenomenal job revitalizing the program. He created excitement there, made Mustangs basketball games a destination for fans clamoring for success.

All along, there were problems galore. According to the NCAA report, Brown lied about having information of wrongdoing between a student-athlete and former administrative assistant.

The NCAA said the head basketball coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program. He failed to report the violations when the former administrative assistant committed academic fraud on behalf of the student-athlete and he initially lied to enforcement staff about his knowledge of the potential violations.

He turned his back on the situation.

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