It was just over a month ago that the NCAA announced they would be launching an investigation into the Pacific men’s basketball team for alleged academic misconduct. It looks like those allegations have taken a big toll on the team with them announcing they would be self-imposing a postseason ban for this season.
Not only will the Tigers not be able to play in the West Coast Conference tournament and the NCAA Tournament, but the team will also lose six scholarships over the next three years. They will lose two per year for the next three seasons.
“This is a difficult decision to make, but it seems clear that Level I violations have occurred, and thus immediate actions by the university are warranted,” Pacific Athletic Director Ted Leland said in the release by the school. “Taking these actions at this stage demonstrates our steadfast commitment to integrity and fair play, and serves as a crucial step for moving the program forward.”
Head coach Ron Verlin and assistant coach Dwight Young have been suspended from the team since December 11 because of the accusations.
With only nine teams in the WCC tournament this year, it is likely that there will only be on first round game with the 8 and 9 seeds playing for the winner to face the number one seed and the 7 automatically getting to the second round.
The Tigers have not made the NCAA Tournament since 2013 and were unlikely to make it this season as they have started off the year 1-8.
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