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NCAA announces sanction settlement with UB Mens Basketball

Last fall the Buffalo Athletics department self-reported an NCAA infraction involving a former men’s basketball assistant coach. While the University has never spoken on the subject the assumption is that it had something to do with Hunter Jenkins who left the program almost immeadatly afterwards.

I’d liek to be clear that this could be someone other than Jenkins, who has not been named specifically by the NCAA or by the School.

We finally have some insight as to what happened. The NCAA says that “the former assistant coach violated the NCAA unethical conduct bylaws when he fraudulently created and submitted documentation for an NCAA waiver to the university’s Athletics Compliance Office.”

Basically it seems the “former assistant” tried to fake reasons for a waiver.

Because UB caught it so quickly and because they quickly reported it the found no lack of institutional control or failure to monitor, and did not name any other University staff, coaches or student athletes in the case.

That’s huge and it gave UB room to come to a pretty decent settlement.

1. One year of probation.

2. The institution shall pay a fine of $5,000 to the NCAA.

3. Two-week ban on all recruiting communications for men’s basketball during the 2020-21 academic year.

4. A reduction of five men’s basketball recruiting days during the 2020-21 academic year.