The Southern Methodist Mustangs men’s basketball program was hit with NCAA sanctions earlier this week, primarily due to academic misconduct surrounding guard Keith Frazier in that a team secretary did his coursework for him. However, Frazier is claiming he was unaware that happened at all.
Frazier further elaborated to ESPN.
“I didn’t even know what was going on,” Frazier said. “I didn’t know she was doing that class for me. I wasn’t aware of that. I know it looks that way on the outside looking in, but I didn’t know.”
“The team has to go through all this and I’m in the middle of it,” Frazier told ESPN. “I feel for those guys. They had nothing to do with this. I feel for them and how it’s affecting their lives.”
Granted, Frazier’s words should be taken with a grain of salt, but it’s hard to not see the sincerity in his words. More often than not, coaches and athletic program higher-ups take the risk of being shady with academics for the sake of winning, and the student-athletes involved are little more than innocent bystanders most of the time.
Just how involved Frazier was from the get-go is anyone’s guess, but any speculation on that matter will be exactly that until further information becomes available.
If such information does go public, Campus Sports will update this story accordingly.
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