Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Kevin Broadus needs his head examined.
With his program in the midst of a national scandal after one player, Emanuel “Tiki” Mayben, was caught distributing crack cocaine and five other players were dismissed from the program, the Binghamton coach has gone and gotten himself in trouble.
Jeff Goodman of Foxsports.com appears to have caught Broadus red-handed speaking with two recruits from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., a day after the contact period ended.
Notre Dame players Michael Glenn and Antoine Myers told Goodman that Broadus spoke to both of them at the school on Tuesday, the first day of the evaluation period.
“I couldn’t believe it,” one assistant coach in attendance told Goodman. “He [Broadus] was leaving and he took the two kids down the hallway up the stairs. They came out and both kids had business cards in their hands. I was shocked.”
Goodman’s story quotes both kids saying Broadus spoke to them.
The coach initially denied it, but the school later announced it was self-reporting an NCAA violation.
The schools interim AD, James Norris, issued the following statement.
“Today, Coach Broadus brought a potential NCAA infraction to my attention. The coach reported contact with prospective student-athletes that was then determined to constitute a level one secondary violation of NCAA regulations. A self-report of the violation was immediately submitted to the NCAA.
“We immediately placed corrective actions on the coach and his staff. The campus is reviewing the facts to determine if additional actions are necessary.
“The campus also provided copies of the NCAA self-report to Chancellor (Nancy) Zimpher and Judge Kaye.”
Now, if you were Kevin Broadus, wouldn’t you be on your very best behavior given what has recently transpired?
Wouldn’t you be observing every rule in the NCAA rulebook and running everything past your athletic director?
Or, would you be out talking to recruits in full view of other Division 1 coaches a day after the contact period ended?
Binghamton athletic director Dr. Joel Thirer resigned Oct. 1 after Mayben and five other players, including former Rutgers guard Corey Chandler, were dismissed from the team.
Yet university president Lois B. DeFleur and Zimpher opted to let Broadus keep his job.
Yes, the same Kevin Broadus who has a history of recruiting players from a Philadelphia diploma mill to Georgetown…and then to Binghamton.
And the same Kevin Broadus who allowed his players to run wild by distributing crack; stealing condoms from a Wal-Mart and then beating up a 66-year old woman; and beating another Binghamton student into a coma in a bar fight.
How many more chances does this guy get?
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.