NCAA deals blow to Saint Mary's men's basketball program

NCAA deals blow to Saint Mary's men's basketball program
March 1, 2013, 7:45 am
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The penalties against Randy Bennett’s Gaels program range from public censure to a reduction in scholarships. (AP)

The NCAA has dealt a blow to Saint Mary's basketball, saying it "failed to monitor its men's basketball program."

From the NCAA website:

"Penalties in the case include four years of probation, a reduction in men’s basketball scholarships during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 academic years, a five-game suspension for the head coach during the 2013-14 season, recruiting restrictions and a two-year show cause for the former assistant coach. If the former assistant coach seeks employment at an NCAA member school during that two-year period, he and the school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should be subject to the show-cause procedures."

The statement goes on to say a former assistant coach "knowingly committed violations during the recruitment of three prospects. When warned by the California Interscholastic Federation twice about the activities of the former assistant coach, the college did not proactively investigate the recruiting activities. Additionally, the men’s basketball team received impermissible training and coaching sessions from trainers not employed by the school."

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From today's NCAA brief: The penalties, specifically, include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • Four years probation from March 1, 2013 through February 28, 2017.
  • The head coach must serve a five-game suspension during the 2013-14 season.
  • The head coach may not recruit off-campus during the 2013-14 academic year.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach. The public report contains further details. 
  • Reduction of men’s basketball scholarships from 13 to 11 for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
  • Elimination of foreign tours by the men’s basketball team until the start of the 2017-18 season.
  • The men’s basketball team may not participate in a multiple-team event until the 2015-16 season.
  • The men’s basketball team may not receive skill instruction during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

The school has scheduled a brief Q&A session Friday at 9:30 a.m. on the college's chapel lawn to address the infractions announcement.

Stay logged on for more as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will be attending today's hearing in Moraga. 

You can read the read the NCAA's full brief here. 

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