St. Mary’s College of California basketball coach Randy Bennett was suspended for five games next season and the team was placed on four years’ probation for violations in recruiting and impermissible coaching and training sessions, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said.
St. Mary’s, 25-5 this season and 13-2 in the West Coast Conference, is ranked 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Gaels have played in the NCAA tournament four times in Bennett’s 11 previous years coaching the team, reaching the round of 16 in 2010.
Other sanctions handed down to the Moraga, California, school’s men’s team included public reprimand and censure; a two-year reduction of scholarships from 13 to 11; and elimination of foreign tours until 2017-18 and multiple-team events until 2015-16, the NCAA said today in a news release.
It is allowed to play in the conference and national postseason tournaments.
The school “failed to monitor its men’s basketball program and a former assistant men’s basketball coach acted unethically in his recruitment of international prospects,” the NCAA said, citing the findings of its Division I Committee on Infractions.
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