How NCAA recently punished 10 hoops programs

Andrew Wolfson

NCAA Violations, men’s basketball programs, 2010-2016


Missouri, 2016

● Failed to monitor men’s basketball program ● Failed to vet internships provided by a booster to players and a recruit, who were paid for work that wasn’t performed and given cash, housing, use of a car, iPads and meals ● Second booster provided discounted hotel rates to 11 players and three members of one player’s family ● Impermissible benefits totaled $11,402.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: No

Self-imposed sanctions:

● One one-year postseason ban ● Scholarship reductions ● Recruiting restrictions ● Dissociation of the two boosters ● Vacated 23 basketball wins ● $5,000 fine.

Additional NCAA sanctions:

● One more year probation

Southern Miss

Southern Miss, 2016

● Head coach Donnie Tyndall acted unethically and failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance by directing members of his staff to complete coursework for seven prospects so they would be eligible to compete ● Facilitated cash and credit card payments to two prospects ● Disrupted the investigation by having a staff member fabricate documents  ● Provided false information during interviews.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: Yes

Self-imposed penalties:

● Reduced scholarships by four over three years. ● Two-year postseason ban. ● Recruiting restrictions.

Additional sanctions by NCAA:

●10-year show cause order in effect banning Tyndall from coaching for that period ● Vacated 62 wins ● Four scholarships taken away over three years.



Syracuse, 2015:

● Over decade, university did not control and monitor its athletics programs ● Head coach Jim Boeheim failed to monitor his program and promote compliance ● Two basketball and three football players received a combined total of $8,335, provided by a booster for work at a YMCA ● Three of them got academic credit for YMCA internships they failed to complete ● Drug program failed to follow protocol for players who tested positive for marijuana ● Basketball player submitted a paper he got help on from athletic department employees ● Three other athletes also improperly assisted by employees and a tutor.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations? No, but failed to promote compliance

Self-imposed penalties:

● One-year ban from postseason play for men’s basketball ● Vacated 24 basketball and 11 football victories ● Two years’ probation for athletic department ● Eliminated one basketball scholarship ● Recruiting restrictions.

NCAA additional penalties, after appeal:

● Vacated 101 wins in which ineligible basketball players appeared over five seasons ● Suspended Boeheim from first nine conference games ● Five years’ probation ● Return of all revenues from Big East Tournament appearances over three years ● Reduction of men’s eight basketball scholarships over four years.


SMU, 2015

● Administrative assistant hired by head coach Larry Brown completed online coursework for a student to make him eligible ● Player received fraudulent credit for course, thus competed while ineligible for an entire season ● Assistant gave false information to NCAA and tried to influence the player to do same ● Brown failed to promote atmosphere of compliance by not reporting the violations and by initially denying that he’d talked to the player and assistant.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: No, but failed to report violations

Self-imposed sanctions:

● Two scholarship reduction ● Reduction of 20 off-campus recruiting days.

Additional NCAA penalties:

● Suspension Brown for nine games ● One-year postseason ban ● Loss of nine scholarships over three years ● Recruiting restrictions.

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University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2015

● Head coach Gib Arnold allowed his director of operations to participate in coaching activities ● Arnold acted unethically and did not promote an atmosphere for compliance by providing false or misleading information during an investigation ● Arnold learned about a player’s impermissible use of a booster’s car and asked players to keep the matter “in house” ● Former assistant coach Brandyn Akana provided an iPad to a star, provided false information about the benefit, and altered a financial responsibility form on behalf of another athlete.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: Yes

NCAA penalties:

● Three years’ probation ● Three-year show cause order against Arnold requiring nine-game suspension if he’s hired at another NCAA school ● Two-year show cause order against Akana ● Reduction of 11 scholarships over two seasons ● One-year postseason ban ● Recruiting restrictions ● Fines of $10,000 fine and 1 percent of basketball budget over three years.

Saint Mary's

Saint Mary’s (Calif.), 2013

● University failed to monitor basketball program. Head coach Randy Bennett failed to promote atmosphere for compliance by allowing impermissible training and coaching sessions ● Bennett failed to monitor assistant coach who acted unethically in his recruitment of international prospects.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: Yes

NCAA penalties:

● Four years’ probation ● Public reprimand and censure ●  Reduction of four scholarships over two years ● Five game suspension for head coach ● Recruiting restrictions ● Two-year show cause order for former assistant coach ● Team banned from foreign trips.


Miami, 2013

● For more than a decade, booster Nevin Shapiro entertained recruits and about 30 players at his home, on his yacht and in various restaurants and clubs ● University lacked institutional control by failing to monitor Shapiro, athletes and basketball and football coaching staffs ● Former head basketball coach Frank Haith failed to monitor the activities of his assistant coaches ● Haith attempted to cover up the booster's threats to disclose incriminating information ● Three basketball coaches and several football coaches and two staff members had a poor understanding of NCAA rules or felt comfortable breaking them ● Two assistant football coaches, including Clint Hurtt, who later worked at Louisville, and one assistant men’s basketball coach did not follow NCAA ethical conduct rules.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: No

Self-imposed penalties:

● Three years’ probation ● Football bowl ban for two years ● Reductions of three basketball scholarships and nine football scholarships ● Recruiting restrictions.

Additional NCAA penalties:

● Five-game suspension for Haith, later head coach at Missouri, now at Tulsa ● Three-year probation period ● Reduction in number of football and basketball scholarships ● Recruiting restrictions ● Two-year show cause orders for Hurtt and other two assistant coaches.

Central Florida

Central Florida, 2012

● Ken Caldwell, a reputed recruiter for a professional sports agency, and associate Brandon Bender, who played briefly for Louisville, helped recruit six basketball players and five football players through inducements that included cash payments ● The university, which had just come off probation for previous violations, lacked institution control.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: No, but failed to monitor

Self-imposed penalties:

● Head coach Donnie James suspended for three games ● Two years’ probation ● Vacated all wins over three seasons ● Surrendered two scholarships over two seasons ● Football recruiting restrictions.

Additional NCAA penalties:

● Postseason ban for one year each in basketball, football ● $50,000 fine ● Public reprimand and censure.


Tennessee, 2011

● Head coach Bruce Pearl entertained three recruits and their families at his home, in violation of rules, and told them not to disclose it ● Pearl didn’t report the violations and denied knowledge of them when later questioned about them ●  He made calls to one recruit’s father to try to get him to make false and misleading statements during the investigation ● The university failed to monitor basketball program.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations:  Yes

Self-imposed penalties:

●  Pearl banned $1.5 million in salary ●  Banned from coaching in nine SEC games ● He also was fired.

Additional NCAA sanctions:

● Show-cause order banning Pearl from recruiting for any NCAA school for three years ● Order that any school hiring him during that time would have had to explain why and face additional sanctions ● Public reprimand and censure for university ● Two years’ probation.


Arizona, 2010

● Then-head coach Lute Olson impermissibly aided an independent recruiting event, the Arizona Cactus Classic, by soliciting booster support ● Two players received impermissible benefits at event, ruled ineligible during the 2007-08 season ● Olson failed to monitor his program’s compliance ● Olson lied when asked if he had written a letter asking for funds.

Head coach involved or had knowledge of violations: Yes

Self-imposed penalties:

● Two years’ probation ● Gave up one scholarship ●  Recruiting restrictions.

Additional NCAA sanctions:

● Vacated all 19 wins from 2007-08 season ● Stripped of one additional scholarship.