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DePaul coach Dave Leitao suspended three games, program put on probation for three years

Photo: USA Today

Photo: USA Today

Once again, the NCAA has decided to come down hard on the nation’s elite.

After telling the world they were ready to release their Notice of Allegations to schools involved in the recent FBI college basketball scandal and finally put an end to all the shady business, North Carolina State was the first in line to get their scolding. On July 10, the NCAA handed down two Level I violations against N.C. State and four overall, with all of them being connected to the recruitment of former five-star guard Dennis Smith Jr.

For those keeping track at home, NC State won just four ACC basketball games with Smith on the roster and finished the 2016-17 season 15-17 overall.

Today, the NCAA turned their attention to their next juggernaut program, putting DePaul on probation for three years, suspending head coach Dave Leitao for the first three games of the 2019-20 season, and vacate four seasons worth of wins, ultimately amounting to… 48 total. 

The NCAA alleges that a former DePaul associate head coach “violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit” and that Leitao “violated NCAA head coach responsibility rules when he did not stop or prevent violations from occurring in his program.”

Programs such as Kansas, Louisville, Auburn, and Arizona are also expected to receive their own Notice of Allegations, as well. Eventually. Maybe. Possibly.

Until then, the NCAA is only going after the heavy hitters.

Watch out, Wyoming State Institute of Technology. You’re next.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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13 Comments for DePaul coach Dave Leitao suspended three games, program put on probation for three years



  1. UKFanSC
    3:54 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Wish Kansas would get them attention



  2. JTHinton
    4:09 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    When did DePaul become elite



    • Skooms
      4:31 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      I think Jack was using a little sarcasm there buddy.



    • AreJ
      4:33 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      That’s Jacks’ point, the NCAA has gone after the lower tier teams yet have left the actual Blue Bloods alone. They always have protected themselves the way a “business” should; UNCheat, U6, Kansas, Arizona are assets and they can’t loose that many peoples attention. Eye balls and asses pay the bills and those programs provide a strong amount of both.



    • mashman 93
      4:34 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      He is being sarcastic.



    • JTHinton
      9:54 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, I realized that after reading it a second time. Wish I could delete that initial comment;)



  3. meeksfor3
    4:10 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Meanwhile in Chapel Hill kids are getting passing grades and free rental cars to drive.



    • sram
      4:18 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      A massive hammer is coming for University 6!



    • nicky
      4:24 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

      And fat Dukies get nice cribs to live in



  4. IrishCat
    4:57 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    The NCAA is a complete joke..



  5. chardun20
    5:52 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    I assume the NCAA will go after the so called elite schools later. I’m curious if any the schools will have post season bans and large fines. It also doesn’t if everyone that cheated gone, the schools should still be punished in my opinion.



  6. dave1964
    7:30 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Not sure when the last time DePaul was considered elite but when will they go after the reach cheats UNC, Puke and Kansas oh and Arizona. The NCAA is a complete joke.



  7. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    9:06 pm July 23, 2019 Permalink

    Or maybe we could wait and see what happens. And breezing past the NC State thing like it is nothing is an intellectually dishonest way to make this tired old complaint. It is a power 5 program charged with offering over $40,000 in benefits to a player. Wth does their win percentage with that player have to do with anything?

    And yes, cue the UNC complaints. Never mind that the NCAA would’ve been creamed in a lawsuit if it broke its own rules to punish North Carolina in the whole fake class debacle. What they did sucks. That they got by with it sucks. But the emotional “the NCAA and ESPN and whoever else hates us” sucks as well. It’s a terribly run organization but it is run by its members. We need to take up our complaints with the schools if we really care. Not some big, bad, shadowy bogeyman.