The University of Texas has found no evidence of academic misconduct within its men’s basketball program, according to an AP report.
The school’s investigation was spurred by a June report in The Chronicle of Higher Education that stated there had been three incidents of “cheating, improper assistance and school policy violations” over a nine-year period of former coach Rick Barnes’ tenure with the Longhorns.
Former Infractions Committee chairman Gene Marsh oversaw the investigation and the NCAA officially closed the book on the investigation in September, per the AP.
The good news now is that the Longhorns can get back to taking steps forward in their first year under longtime VCU coach Shaka Smart. Texas is 10-6 (2-2 Big 12) on the year and though they are unranked and not the best team by a long shot, the Longhorns have already scored signature wins over schools like North Carolina and Iowa State.
Now that this investigation is over and done with, perhaps the real steps towards championship contention can begin.
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