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NCAA puts Utah basketball on probation for two years

The NCAA continues its vicious streak of taking down the nation’s elite.

This afternoon, the NCAA decided to place the Utah basketball program on probation for two years for violations revolving around the school’s recruiting activities back in April 2018.

According to the official report, the school “conducted impermissible recruiting activities and the head coach failed to meet his responsibility to monitor his staff and promote rules compliance.” The violations occurred over a seven-day period.

The issue at hand? It was found that a Utah assistant coach “misapplied recruiting rules and believed off-campus recruiting activities were allowed during a quiet period” and the the assistant “conducted an evaluation of a recruit at a community college, and the full men’s basketball coaching staff visited a second recruit at his high school during the quiet period.”

As a result, the NCAA handed down the following penalties:

  • Two years of probation.
  • A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).
  • Recruiting restrictions
  • A one-year show-cause order for the associate head coach.
  • A one-year disassociation of the community college head coach.
  • A prohibition from men’s basketball coaches from the community college participating in any official or unofficial visits on the Utah campus for one year. Further for one year, Utah will not recruit any prospects from the community college (self-imposed by the university).
  • Attendance at an NCAA Regional Rules Seminar by the two assistant men’s basketball coaches (self-imposed by the university).

Utah is scheduled to play Kentucky on December 18 in Las Vegas, NV this year.

Back on July 23, the NCAA placed the DePaul basketball program on probation for three years due to recruiting violations, also suspending head coach Dave Leitao for the first three games of the 2019-20 season.

The NCAA alleged 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.”

The school was forced to vacate four seasons worth of wins, ultimately amounting to a whopping 48 total. 

North Carolina State was actually the first program to get punished by the NCAA after they told the world they were ready to release their Notice of Allegations to schools involved in the recent FBI college basketball scandal. 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.

With Smith on the roster, N.C. State won just four ACC basketball games and finished the 2016-17 season with a record of 15-17.

Programs such as Kansas, Louisville, Auburn, and Arizona were expected to be the main programs of interest to receive their own Notice of Allegations.

Instead, we’ve seen punishments handed down to N.C. State, DePaul, and Utah.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

15 Comments for NCAA puts Utah basketball on probation for two years

  1. TonyMontana
    2:12 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    “Programs such as Kansas, Louisville, Auburn, and Arizona were expected to be the main programs of interest to receive their own Notice of Allegations.”

    Does this mean these schools will not receive any punishment or just have not yet.

    • Lip Man 1
      3:54 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      It could also mean that the issues surrounding schools like Kansas, Arizona, Louisville and Auburn are so involved that it is taking more time to work through them before any punishments are disclosed.

    • VirginiaCat
      4:17 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      Jack, in your view, have the blue bloods escaped punishment, or are there other shoes to drop?

    • JASUN74
      10:14 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      Lipman, that sounds like what is probably happening. Some of this stuff is going to get worse I’d imagine, and I’m sure, as you said , it’s just taking more time to get it right. It could be December, or even next year before we hear some schools punishment. They play they have to pay I guess.

      I’m just so proud of Coach Cal, and I think he’s running the best program in the country. That’s from being clean to being successful, and everything in between. Go Cats

  2. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    2:14 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    I’d say once the NCAA has announced its investigations are through this can be written. Until then, it’s really just whining. Two power 5 programs getting hit, elite or not, is kind of a big deal. And I’m not sure if you were paying attention or not but Louisville already had to bring down a banner in a previous ruling. Give it a rest until the NCAA gives it one. It’s tedious at this point.

    • ukcamel
      2:36 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah. It is hard to say that the NCAA has taken it easy on UL, considering they are the only team to have to take down a championship banner. UNC should have to take down 2 and they haven’t even gotten a slap on the wrist.

    • ukkatzfan
      2:45 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha. My laughing > any condescending reply I could have came back with.

    • JASUN74
      10:16 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      Amen brother. I agree 100% with you antique!! Lol

    • Megan
      8:29 am August 7, 2019 Permalink

      Yeah, I don’t understand Jack’s attitude here. It’s not enough that allegation notices are imminent for a handful of big-name schools, they have to be punished now, before the NCAA takes action against anyone else.

      Love Jack for recruiting news. Shame he’s so disappointing when it comes to process.

  3. TimLH
    2:19 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    But Louisville, UNC Kansas Arizona and others who really cheated haven’t received anything yet

  4. Dustin Rumbaugh
    2:35 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    For all of their downfalls, at least the NCAA continues to give our youth life lessons. Money DOES buy happiness.

  5. sincitycat
    3:24 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    UNC: University of No Classes (or Class). The Roy Boy is a complete phony but it is “The Carolina Way”.

  6. Ridge Runner
    3:40 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    Money, get back
    I’m all right, Jack, keep your hands off of my stack.
    Money, it’s a hit
    Don’t give me that do goody good bullshit…

    • Ridge Runner
      4:54 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

      Oh & Jack.. the reference to your name from Pink Floyd lyric above was coincidental. I ain’t smart enough to plan that out. Haaaaaa

  7. Racerr11
    8:32 pm August 6, 2019 Permalink

    I’d say the worst has yet to come and the worst will be loserville. The bomb is going to drop big time, repeat offender and all gonna be the grand finally of it all.