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East Central basketball coach violated ethical conduct rules

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A former East Central University head basketball coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he provided or arranged for more than $5,500 in impermissible tuition payments, housing and other recruiting inducements for three prospects, according to a decision issued by the Division II Committee on Infractions.

Penalties, including those self-imposed by the university, are a year of probation, a $2,500 fine, recruiting restrictions in men’s basketball, a disqualification from the 2012 Great American Conference men’s basketball tournament and a three-year show-cause order for the former head coach.  If he seeks employment at an NCAA member school during the period, he and the new employing school must appear before the Committee on Infractions to determine if the school should restrict his athletically related duties.

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort in which the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff and university must agree to the facts of the case for this process to be utilized instead of having a formal hearing. An expedited penalty hearing was held because the school did not agree to additional penalties the committee proposed after reviewing the summary disposition report.

In July 2011, the former head coach directed a booster, who would become an assistant coach a month later, to make impermissible recruiting contacts and provide impermissible transportation to at least four additional prospects.

The former head coach also violated NCAA ethical conduct rules and head coach responsibility when he allowed a men’s basketball student-athlete to practice without completing a required NCAA drug testing form and when he failed to consult with the school’s compliance staff regarding potential NCAA rules violations. Additionally, the former head coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance. 

Penalties and corrective measures prescribed by the committee include:

  • Public reprimand and censure.
  • One year of probation from June 30, 2015 through June 29, 2016.
  • A $2,500 fine.
  • A three-year show-cause order for the former head coach. The public decision contains further details.
  • A reduction in men’s basketball off-campus recruiting by one week during the March 2012 recruiting period (self-imposed by the university).
  • A 14-day reduction in men’s basketball off-campus recruiting from February through May 2012 for the interim head coach (imposed by the conference).

Members of the Committees on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the Division II Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case are Douglas D. Blais, professor of sport management, Southern New Hampshire University; John D. Lackey, attorney; Bridget E. Lyons, senior associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, Barry University; Julie Rochester, chair and faculty athletics representative and associate professor, Northern Michigan University; Carey Snyder, associate director of athletics, East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania; Harry O. Stinson III, interim athletics director, Kentucky State University; and Jane Teixeira, associate commissioner and senior compliance administrator, Pacific West Conference.