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Former San Jose State women’s basketball coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules

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A former San Jose State University head women’s basketball coach acted unethically when he falsely claimed to be unaware of violations in his program, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. The former head coach also failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he allowed a nonqualifer to practice during her year in residence and when he conducted impermissible countable athletically related activities.

The panel prescribed one year of probation, a $5,000 fine and a one-year show-cause order for the former coach. During that time, if he is employed at an NCAA member school, his athletically related duties may be restricted.

The women’s basketball coaching staff conducted impermissible team activities during the offseason, violating NCAA countable athletically related activity rules.

Additionally, a student-athlete who was serving her year in residence participated in conditioning and skill-related instructional sessions. The former head coach stated in two interviews that he was unaware that the student-athlete participated in countable athletic activity, when he actually invited her to participate and observed her during some of the sessions.

Penalties prescribed by the panel include the following:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • One year of probation from Oct. 26, 2016, through Oct. 25, 2017.
  • A one-year show-cause order for the former head coach from Oct. 26, 2016, through Oct. 25, 2017. During that time, if he is employed at an NCAA member school, he cannot be involved in preseason athletically related activities from the start of the academic year through the beginning of formal practice and in postseason athletically related activities from the last game of the season through the end of final exams.
  • 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 Melissa Conboy, deputy director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame; Bobby Cremins, former head men’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech; Thomas Hill, senior policy advisor to the president of Iowa State University; Joel Maturi, chief hearing officer for the panel and former University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, athletics director; Eleanor W. Myers, law professor at Temple University; and Joseph Novak, former head football coach at Northern Illinois University.