Alabama basketball program put on probation following NCAA investigation
The NCAA has just announced penalties for Alabama’s basketball program following an investigation into violations committed within the hoops program at Tuscaloosa.
The NCAA investigation revealed a former University of Alabama associate athletics director broke rules by taking money in exchange for facilitating a meeting between the father of a student-athlete, a financial advisor and the financial advisor’s representative.
“The nature of the conduct — selling access to student-athletes and their families — completely undermines the Association’s foundational values,” the committee said in its decision, which can be read here.
Following the investigation, Alabama’s basketball program has been put on probation for three years.
The unnamed former Alabama associate athletics director received the harshest punishment, as he was given a 10-year show-cause following the investigation.
Here is an outline of the penalties the NCAA handed down on the Alabama basketball program:
- Three years of probation.
- A $5,000 fine plus 1% of the men’s basketball program budget.
- A 10-year show-cause order for the former associate athletics director. During that period, any NCAA member school employing him must restrict him from any athletically related duties unless it shows cause why the restrictions should not apply.