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Two UNC Greensboro athletics staff members participated in sports wagering

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Two former UNC Greensboro athletics staff members placed sports wagers in violation of NCAA rules, including on the university’s men’s basketball team during their employment at the school, according to a negotiated resolution agreement approved by a Division I Committee on Infractions panel.

The university and the NCAA enforcement staff agreed that the university failed to monitor and ensure compliance with NCAA rules when seven staff members did not initially report the activities of one of the two men, a women’s assistant basketball coach. The former assistant coach also violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he did not cooperate with the NCAA investigation.

This case was processed through the new negotiated resolution process. The process was used instead of a formal hearing or summary disposition because the university, one of the staff members (the former assistant director of the university’s fundraising organization) and the enforcement staff agreed on the violations and the penalties. The former assistant women’s basketball coach initially took part in the process but stopped participating after refusing to provide requested documentation. The Division I Committee on Infractions reviewed the case to determine whether the resolution was in the best interest of the Association and whether the agreed-upon penalties were reasonable. Negotiated resolutions may not be appealed and do not set case precedent for other infractions cases.

According to the agreement, the former women’s assistant coach said at the beginning of the investigation that he placed an extensive number of online wagers on professional and college sports, including games involving the university’s men’s basketball team. As the investigation continued, the former assistant coach refused to provide his online sports wagering histories and stopped participating in the case, so the enforcement staff was unable to determine the full extent of his sports wagering activities.

The former assistant director of the university’s fundraising organization wagered small amounts online on professional and college sports, including at least one wager on the university’s men’s basketball team.

Six athletics department staff members acknowledged they knew the former assistant coach placed sports wagers, and two of them knew he placed wagers on the university’s men’s basketball team. Each staff member failed to report the violations. A seventh staff member became aware of the former assistant coach’s activities but waited four months before reporting the violations to the assistant director of compliance. Then, the assistant director of compliance failed to take any legitimate investigative steps or report the activity to other officials or the NCAA.

The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level I penalties for the university. The enforcement staff used the guidelines to recommend the committee adopt a penalty for the non-participating former assistant coach. The former assistant director participated and agreed upon penalties related to his violations. Those penalties, approved by the Committee on Infractions, are detailed below:

  • Three years of probation.
  • A 15-year show-cause order for the former assistant coach. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
  • A four-year show-cause order for the former assistant director. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.
  • A $15,000 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 Gregory Christopher, chief hearing officer for the panel, chair of the Committee on Infractions and athletics director at Xavier; Kay Norton, president emeritus of Northern Colorado; and Sankar Suryanarayan, university counsel at Princeton.