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Former Arkansas State men’s basketball staffer provided extra benefits

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A former Arkansas State University director of basketball operations provided a men’s basketball student-athlete with more than $5,000 in excessive apparel, according to a decision issued by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

This case was resolved through the summary disposition process, a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submit the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form. The NCAA enforcement staff and the university must agree to the facts and overall level of the case in order to use this process instead of a formal hearing.

The former director of basketball operations deviated from his normal apparel ordering process when he provided the student-athlete with the login to the men’s basketball program’s promotional account. The staffer normally would meet with the student-athletes and place apparel orders, but the student-athlete was not on campus at the time of the order. The student-athlete then logged in and ordered $5,165 of apparel. The staffer saw the size of the order and attempted to cancel it, but was unable to do so. Once the order arrived, he arranged for the student-athlete to pick up the apparel.

The panel noted the staffer should not have deviated from the process, but that is not when the violation occurred. It occurred when the staffer provided the apparel to the student-athlete and did not report the violation to the university.

Penalties and corrective measures include:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • A vacation of records in which the student-athlete participated while ineligible. After the release of the public report, the university will identify the games impacted.
  • A $5,000 fine.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Michael F. Adams, chancellor, Pepperdine University; Britton Banowsky, executive director of the College Football Playoff Foundation; Melissa Conboy, deputy director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame; Alberto Gonzales, dean of the law school at Belmont University and former attorney general of the United States; Gary L. Miller, chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay; Joe Novak, former head football coach at Northern Illinois University; and Gregory Sankey, chief hearing officer, chair of the Committee on Infractions and commissioner of the Southeastern Conference.