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Former Seton Hall associate head men’s basketball coach had impermissible contacts

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A former Seton Hall associate head men’s basketball coach had impermissible phone contacts with a prospect’s mother, according to an agreement released by the Division I Committee on Infractions. The head men’s basketball coach did not promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program because he did not take adequate steps to report or stop the calls when he found out about them.

The university, the former associate head coach and NCAA enforcement staff agreed that while the men’s basketball prospect was enrolled at a different university, the former associate head coach and the prospect’s mother had 154 phone calls without written permission from the prospect’s athletics director at the time.

After the prospect informed his original university of his intent to transfer and requested permission to contact Seton Hall, the university denied the request. The former associate head coach learned the request was denied, but still had 87 impermissible calls with the prospect’s mother.

According to the agreement, the former associate head coach said he did not report the calls with the prospect’s mother because they involved a personal relationship outside of the prospect and basketball, and he believed the communications were permissible.

The head men’s basketball coach said he was aware of certain conversations between the former associate head coach and the prospect’s mother while the student-athlete was enrolled at his original university. The university, head coach and enforcement staff agreed that the head coach did not report the calls to compliance or confirm whether they were permissible. The head coach also did not ensure the conversations between the two ended.

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, the head coach, the former associate head coach and the enforcement staff agreed on the violations and the penalties. The Division I Committee on Infractions reviewed the case to determine whether the resolution was in the best interests 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.

The university and the enforcement staff used ranges identified by the Division I membership-approved infractions penalty guidelines to agree upon Level II-standard penalties for the university, head coach and former associate head coach. Those and other penalties, approved by the Committee on Infractions, are detailed below:

  • A $5,000 fine plus 1% of the men’s basketball budget.
  • A reduction of men’s basketball scholarships by one during the 2020-21 academic year.
  • A two-game suspension for the head coach during the 2019-20 season.
  • The head coach must attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar in 2020.
  • A two-week ban on recruiting communication during each of the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
  • Three years of probation.
  • A 20-month show-cause order for the former associate head coach. As part of the show-cause order, he is suspended from four games during the 2019-20 academic year and prohibited from all recruiting communication for six weeks during the 2019-20 academic year. He also is required to attend an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar in 2020 and 2021.

Members of the Committee on Infractions are drawn from the NCAA membership and members of the public. The members of the panel who reviewed this case are Thomas Hill, chief hearing officer for the panel and senior vice president emeritus at Iowa State; Joseph D. Novak, former head football coach at Northern Illinois; and Stephen A. Madva, attorney in private practice.