Saying that SMU “committed multiple violations,” the NCAA handed the school a postseason ban in 2016 and suspended 75-year-old Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown for 30 percent of the team’s games this season.
Brown must also vacate some of his wins from last season and faces a two-year show cause penalty from Sept. 29, 2015, through Sept. 28, 2017 that will require him to attend an NCAA Regional Rules seminar during each year of the show-cause period.
The NCAA also hit SMU with recruiting penalties, including the loss of nine scholarships across three seasons. The program also can’t host recruits for unofficial visits for 13 weeks in the summer of 2016 and will lose 20 off-campus recruiting days.
“The NCAA has now spoken,” Brown said in a statement. “I am overwhelmingly disappointed for our players and the SMU community that the NCAA has decided to punish them as a result of the unfortunate actions of one staff member who provided inappropriate help to one of our players. I remain proud of our entire program and our unwavering dedication to doing things the right way. Our compliance program is second to none. The NCAA’s new Rules dictate that as Head Coach, I am responsible for every member of the basketball staff. I accept that responsibility but I do not accept the appropriateness of the punishment. I could not ask for a better or more dedicated group of men or women. We will move forward together to make the SMU community proud.”