St. Mary’s basketball program hit with four year probation by NCAA

The St. Mary Gaels basketball program is under a four year probation, the NCAA announced on Friday, for a “failure to monitor” because the team committed multiple recruiting violations.

Their probation includes a reduction of 13 down to 11 scholarships during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons and they will not be permitted to go on foreign tours until the start of the 2017-2018 season. The Gaels can still participate in the West Coast Conference tournament and the NCAA tournament during their probation but are banned from preseason and in-season tournaments.

Coach Randy Bennett individual punishments are he cannot leave campus to recruit players next season and has been suspended for five games next season.

According to Associated Press, and unnamed assistant was found to have “knowingly committed violations during the recruitment of three prospect.” The NCAA’s report said Bennett knew about illegal arranged trips to the US and lodging with a local family setup by the assistant for at least one recruit.

Bennett said “I cooperated fully with the investigation and accepted responsibility where I came up short” but the report “tells only part of the story”, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.