Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The NCAA Committee on Infractions
announced penalties Friday for the Saint Mary's men's basketball program,
stemming primarily from an investigation into recruiting practices of a former
Included will be a four-year probation, reduced scholarships for the 2014-15
and 2015-16 seasons, recruiting restrictions and a five-game suspension next
year for head coach Randy Bennett.
The report states that Bennett failed "to promote an atmosphere for
In addition, the NCAA placed a two-year show-cause order on an unnamed former
assistant coach, saying he "acted unethically when he knowingly committed
recruiting violations for three prospects."
The majority of the recruiting activity by the former assistant coach centered
on international prospects.
Bennett, according to the NCAA, was aware of the former assistant coach's
termination from a two-year college due to improprieties and was aware of the
coach's recruiting activity with an international prospect for whom the former
assistant arranged travel to the United States and lodging with a local
The NCAA added that these were "red flags" and should have alerted the head
coach to the need for heightened vigilance with regard to the former
assistant's recruiting activity.
Saint Mary's will still be allowed to participate in the West Coast Conference
Tournament and the NCAA Tournament, but can't play in preseason or in-season
tournaments for the next two years.
Bennett also cannot recruit off-campus for the 2013-14 academic year and the
program will be docked two scholarships a year for 2014-15 and 2015-16.
The Gaels (25-5) have made the NCAA Tournament four times under Bennett.
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