The SMU Mustangs’ basketball programs was hit with a big set of sanctions from the NCAA on Tuesday and it is surely going to hurt their future in the basketball world. Not only are they banned from the upcoming postseason, but they will be dealing with recruiting restrictions, fewer scholarships, and their head coach, Larry Brown, was suspended for nine games.
College Basketball Talk shared a video where the school reacted to the sanctions. Brown sat down and talked about he was still proud of the school, no matter the situation. He obviously regrets what happened, but they will have to stay strong to move past this and get stronger.
“While we accept responsibility for violations, the individuals responsible for the infractions have been held accountable both by the University and by the Committee on Infractions,” the school said in a statement. “To punish the student-athletes in the men’s basketball [program] by prohibiting a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in the postseason is simply wrong. It is not what our system of governance should be about and we are considering our response.”
The sanctions were due to former high school All-American Keith Frazier. He took an online class of the summer to gain eligibility for the upcoming season, but an assistant in the SMU basketball office did the course work for him.
“Leading the SMU men’s basketball program is an honor and a responsibility that I take very seriously,” Brown said in a statement released by the school. “That duty includes helping our young men develop into people of character and to ensuring that we pursue our goals with integrity. I am saddened and disappointed that the Committee on Infractions believes that I did not fully fulfill my duties and I will consider my options to challenge that assertion in the coming days. I truly believe that our program has dedicated itself unwaveringly to the ideals of academic integrity and NCAA compliance. Still, there was a violation in our program and I take responsibility for that and offer my sincere apologies to the University community.”
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