Randy Bennett, head coach of Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team has received a 5-game suspension from the NCAA, citing recruiting violations.
According to an article by the Associated Press,
In making the announcement Monday from the NCAA’s infractions appeals committee, the athletics governing body denied Bennett’s appeal that included the claim of a procedural error involved. The school said Bennett’s penalty would begin on Dec. 30 at midnight for five games, including one non-conference contest.
In March, the NCAA put Saint Mary’s on four years of probation for a “failure to monitor its men’s basketball program,” reducing scholarships by two for the 2014-15 and 15-16 seasons.
Saint Mary’s also had some words to say on the matter, realizing that the suspension, although unwanted, is necessary.
While the College is disappointed with the decision, we respect the NCAA appeals process and will comply fully with the penalties given to our athletics program,” the school said. “Saint Mary’s remains committed to excellence in its athletic programs, compliance with NCAA rules and the college’s proud tradition of providing our students with positive, life-changing experiences. We look forward to the upcoming men’s basketball season and continuing the important work of educating and developing our talented student-athletes.
Lucky for the school, Saint Mary’s will face no NCAA restrictions on tournament appearances, aside from ones they aren’t already supposed to attend.