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BYU Basketball hit with NCAA Sanctions

SB Nation logo SB Nation 11/9/2018 Robby McCombs
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The Nick Emery saga has reached a conclusion

After a year-plus investigation, the NCAA released a report detailing sanctions placed on the BYU Basketball program. The NCAA stated the sanctions are due to “four Brigham Young boosters providing more than $12,000 in complimentary all-inclusive vacations, cash, meals, golf and the use of a car to a men’s basketball student-athlete”. The student-athlete is not named in the report, but it is evident that the athlete named is Nick Emery.

Here are the penalties for BYU and what they mean:

  • “Two years of probation from Nov. 9, 2018, through Nov. 8, 2020.” This DOES NOT eliminate BYU from post season consideration. In short, BYU will be on notice during this time period and needs to be on good behavior for the next two years in order to avoid worse sanctions.
  • “A vacation of records in which the student-athlete participated while ineligible.” The biggest impact from this penalty is that Dave Rose will likely lose some of his wins from the time that Nick played while ineligible. The tricky part will be for the NCAA to prove when the violations started taking place. Nick played in 47 of BYU’s 48 wins during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons. If the violations were found to have taken place before Nick’s freshman year, 47 of Rose’s wins will likely be vacated by the NCAA.
  • “A reduction of one men’s basketball scholarship, served during the earliest possible academic year (self-imposed by the university).” This is where the sanctions start getting tangible. Losing one of the 13 allotted scholarships hurts BYU for however long the restriction is in place.
  • “Recruiting restrictions detailed in the public report.” The report doesn’t define “recruiting restrictions”, but it could mean fewer official visits, contact with recruits, etc.
  • “A disassociation of one of the boosters (self-imposed by the university).” Well duh.
  • “A $5,000 fine (self-imposed by the university).” Pocket change.

You can read the entire report from the NCAA here.

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