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NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee upholds SMU decision

Southern Methodist University’s men’s basketball and men’s golf teams must implement scholarship and recruiting restrictions, the men’s basketball team must vacate wins, and the men’s golf team must serve a postseason ban, according to a decision issued by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee. The Infractions Appeals Committee also upheld the five-year show cause order for the former head men’s golf coach, the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions panel’s findings of unethical contact for the former head men’s golf coach and impermissible recruiting inducements in the men’s golf program.

In its appeal, the university argued that the Committee on Infractions panel co-mingled aggravating factors by misapplying actions of involved individuals to the university, did not adequately account for the university’s self-imposed penalties and mitigating factors, and should not have applied the postseason ban to the full men’s golf team.

The former head men’s golf coach argued in his appeal that the underlying violations were improperly classified as Level I and that he did not provide false or misleading information during his initial interview with NCAA enforcement staff.

After its review, the Infractions Appeals Committee found that the Committee on Infractions panel appropriately separated its analyses for the university and involved individuals in determining violation level and penalty structure. The Infractions Appeals Committee also found the scholarship reductions, recruiting restrictions and men’s golf postseason ban imposed by the Committee on Infractions were not an abuse of discretion.