By Mary Cunningham
Former Sixers coach Larry Brown, who has won an NBA title in Detroit, an NCAA title at Kansas and led the Sixers to the NBA finals in 2001 (above with Allen Iverson), is in NCAA soup.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman is reporting that the Southern Methodist men’s basketball team will be banned from the postseason in 2015-16 and will have nine scholarships taken away over the next three years after the NCAA determined that there was a lack of head coach control in the program.
Coach Brown also will be suspended for 30 percent of his team’s games, ESPN’s Andy Katz is reporting. The Mustangs have 30 regular season games scheduled for this season, meaning Brown will miss nine or 10 games, which is similar to the punishment received by Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim earlier this year. Brown also will have to attend a regional rules seminar over the next two years, according to Goodman.
SMU has 15 days to appeal the NCAA’s verdict. The Mustangs, who won the American Athletic Conference tournament last season before losing in the NCAA tournament’s first round, are presumed to be a top 25 team entering the season.
The NCAA’s investigation focused on whether former assistant Ulric Maligi and a former basketball secretary aided Mustangs guard Keith Frazier with academic coursework. The Dallas Morning News has more:
Maligi, an Arlington native, split from the program in January. His leave of absence was a case of SMU self-imposing a penalty amid the NCAA’s investigation. He serves as a national scout for John Lucas Enterprises. Maligi was the lead recruiter for Frazier, who was the focus of a Dallas ISD investigation regarding changed grades.
At issue in the NCAA investigation, according to the source, is the secretary and Maligi allegedly assisting Frazier with an online course before he enrolled at SMU. It was one it turned out he didn’t need once the high school transcripts came in, the source said.
It’s the third time Brown, 75, has been caught violating NCAA rules. In 1988, Brown was found to have committed recruiting violations at Kansas, causing the Jayhawks to receive a one-year postseason ban the season after they won the NCAA tournament title.
Brown also led UCLA to the 1979 NCAA title game, an appearance that was vacated by the NCAA after it was determined that the Bruins had used two ineligible players.