The Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on a one-year probation after self-reporting a forged document scandal involving a former assistant coach.
The NCAA announced Tuesday that in addition to probation, Buffalo would also be fined $5,000, will receive a two-week ban on communicating with potential recruits, and lose five recruiting days for the 2020-21 season.
According to the official release by the NCAA, the former assistant coach violated ethical conduct rules by forging a written statement in an effort to establish immediate eligibility for an incoming transfer.
“After the student-athlete transferred to the university, the head men’s basketball coach asked the former assistant coach to compile the appropriate documentation for the student-athlete to receive a waiver to compete immediately after transferring,” the release said. “As a part of the process, the former assistant coach contacted one of the student-athlete’s former teammates to write a letter in support of the student-athlete’s waiver request. The former coach and the former teammate discussed the content of the statement, and the former coach drafted the statement.
“According to the agreement, the former teammate did not answer the former assistant coach’s calls to get the statement submitted. Then, without the former teammate’s knowledge, the former assistant coach created an email account using the former teammate’s name and submitted the statement to the associate athletics director for compliance, violating NCAA ethical conduct rules.
“The associate athletics director for compliance responded to the submission to request the former teammate sign a copy of the statement. In response, the former assistant coach, posing as the former teammate, continued to violate ethical conduct rules by signing and resubmitting the statement.
“The agreement said the former assistant coach did not tell the head coach or associate athletics director for compliance about the difficulties he experienced getting the former teammate’s statement and signature, nor did he tell them that he created a fake email account to send the statement.”
Outside of the school’s punishments, the former assistant coach – believed to be Hunter Jenkins, who resigned from the school in November – has also received a three-year show-cause order. Should he become employed at an NCAA member school in the first year of his show-cause, he must be restricted from all off-campus recruiting and all recruiting communications and will be suspended from the first 20% of the season (six contests), not counting exhibition games.
The NCAA did, however, credit Buffalo for acting quickly and made it clear they did not find evidence of failure to monitor the situation or lack of institutional control.
and accepted other NCAA sanctions after a former assistant coach forged recruiting documents.
The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on one-year probation and agreed to other NCAA sanctions after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents.
The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school as part of a negotiated resolution reached Tuesday. The school said it self-reported the infractions in October and cooperated with the NCAA investigation.
Buffalo also was fined $5,000, agreed to a two-week ban on communicating with potential recruits and reduced its recruiting days by five for the 2020-21 season.
The NCAA credited Buffalo for acting quickly and found no evidence of a lack of institutional control or failure to monitor the situation. The governing body said it would not reveal the coaches or athlete involved.
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