NCAA places TCU basketball on probation, punishes ex-assistant

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The NCAA put the TCU males’s basketball program on three years’ probation Tuesday and punished a former assistant coach it accused of accepting $6,000 from an aspiring sports activities agent after which mendacity to the varsity about it.

The varsity prevented scholarship reductions and limits on recruiting imposed on different applications in a federal corruption case that has ensnared a number of big-name faculties. TCU was fined $5,000 and 1% of its males’s basketball price range.

TCU positioned assistant Corey Barker on administrative depart in March 2019 after he was accused in court docket paperwork of accepting the cash in a Las Vegas lodge room two years earlier.

The NCAA stated Barker denied any information or involvement in arrests within the federal case to officers at TCU, which launched an inside investigation after the arrests within the federal case.

Virtually two years later, Barker twice declined to be interviewed by TCU officers not lengthy earlier than he was positioned on depart, the NCAA stated.

“We’re pleased with our tradition of moral management and the way in which we instantly responded to the federal basketball probe and promptly addressed the problems as soon as we realized of potential involvement by a former coach,” the varsity stated.

Barker, who additionally denied involvement in the course of the NCAA’s investigation after agreeing to be interviewed, was given a five-year show-cause penalty. Any faculty that hires him throughout that interval should show to the NCAA he can carry out athletic-related duties.

Barker stated in the course of the NCAA’s investigation that he gave the cash again to the aspiring agent virtually instantly after the Las Vegas assembly that was caught on surveillance video. The NCAA stated it discovered no proof the cash was returned.

“I can inform you the act of taking the cash constitutes the violation,” stated former Bowling Inexperienced President Carol Cartwright, who led the NCAA inquiry.

The assembly additionally violated NCAA guidelines as a result of it formalized a enterprise relationship through which the potential agent and the administration firm may try to make use of Barker to achieve entry to TCU gamers.

The NCAA stated Barker helped the agent make contact with the household of the coach’s cousin, who was an NBA prospect. Barker additionally instructed the agent a TCU participant can be “a layup for you,” in accordance with the NCAA’s investigation.

The “false or deceptive data” offered by Barker to TCU and the NCAA pushed the previous coach’s violation to a better degree that warranted a show-cause penalty, the affiliation stated. TCU’s violation had a decrease classification.

TCU coach Jamie Dixon employed Barker, a Houston native who maintained sturdy ties to that space, when Dixon returned to his alma mater in 2016-17. Barker was positioned on depart on the finish of his third season with the Horned Frogs.

The FBI-led fraud case led to the convictions of agent Christopher Dawkins, former Adidas govt James Gatto and former Adidas marketing consultant Merl Code.

Former Creighton assistant Preston Murphy additionally was accused of taking $6,000. The NCAA final week positioned Creighton on two years’ probation together with restrictions on scholarships and recruiting.

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