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So that means they cannot play postseason for two years? If so Mitchell will be long gone before they are eligible. Wonder if he was the player who received the benefits?
I’d probably keep sniffing around that Tony Bergeron-Woodstock Academy pipeline. That guy has some stank on his reputation.

That said, I don’t think this probation involves a postseason ban.
 

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No, it's about a mis-calculation when 10 basketball players and 2 tennis moved from on campus to off campus housing for a total of $9,187 for all 12 student athletes.

It will be appealed.

UMass is expected to fight the NCAA to avoid vacating three seasons worth of victories in men’s basketball and women’s tennis over a series of 13 administrative violations totaling a combined $9,187.

The NCAA announced Friday that UMass has been charged with " impermissibly providing 12 student-athletes in men’s basketball and women’s tennis with financial aid that exceeded full cost of attendance, according to a decision released by the Division I Committee on Infractions.”

The school is being fined $5,000, being placed on two years of probation and is forced to officially vacate victories in the two sports from 2014-15 to 2016-17.


Looking at the situation without nuance or detail, UMass gave 10 men’s basketball players and two women’s tennis players money beyond the cost of attendance. That sounds like boilerplate NCAA scandal language.


But according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, the breakdown seems less sinister and the coaches and athletes involved likely aren’t even aware they occurred.


The violations occurred when athletes in the two sports moved from dorms to off-campus residences and the ensuing changes to their housing allowances weren’t properly calculated leading to the athletes receiving additional money.


UMass self-reported the finding to the NCAA going through the new Negotiated Resolution process, which can be used when the school involved acknowledges the violation. According to the source, UMass and the NCAA agreed to a fine and one year on probation. But that penalty was then rejected by the Committee on Infractions. Under its ruling, UMass would have to vacate 46 men’s basketball victories over three seasons, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 and 49 women’s tennis victories from the same time period including the 2016-17 Atlantic 10 championship.

Adding the Universities response and this was self report to the NCAA by UMass.

 

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No, it's about a mis-calculation when 10 basketball players and 2 tennis moved from on campus to off campus housing for a total of $9,187 for all 12 student athletes.

It will be appealed.

UMass is expected to fight the NCAA to avoid vacating three seasons worth of victories in men’s basketball and women’s tennis over a series of 13 administrative violations totaling a combined $9,187.

The NCAA announced Friday that UMass has been charged with " impermissibly providing 12 student-athletes in men’s basketball and women’s tennis with financial aid that exceeded full cost of attendance, according to a decision released by the Division I Committee on Infractions.”

The school is being fined $5,000, being placed on two years of probation and is forced to officially vacate victories in the two sports from 2014-15 to 2016-17.


Looking at the situation without nuance or detail, UMass gave 10 men’s basketball players and two women’s tennis players money beyond the cost of attendance. That sounds like boilerplate NCAA scandal language.


But according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, the breakdown seems less sinister and the coaches and athletes involved likely aren’t even aware they occurred.


The violations occurred when athletes in the two sports moved from dorms to off-campus residences and the ensuing changes to their housing allowances weren’t properly calculated leading to the athletes receiving additional money.


UMass self-reported the finding to the NCAA going through the new Negotiated Resolution process, which can be used when the school involved acknowledges the violation. According to the source, UMass and the NCAA agreed to a fine and one year on probation. But that penalty was then rejected by the Committee on Infractions. Under its ruling, UMass would have to vacate 46 men’s basketball victories over three seasons, 2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 and 49 women’s tennis victories from the same time period including the 2016-17 Atlantic 10 championship.

Adding the Universities response and this was self report to the NCAA by UMass.

Sounds like an unintentional administrative error. The athletic department needs to get that bookkeeper a tutor and have an assistant coach pop in meetings to make sure that they are in attendance.
 

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That has been done.
Since 2017, the University and athletics department has enacted remedial and corrective measures and reviewed relevant policies and protocols for athletics compliance which include:

• Creation of a new Assistant Director of Financial Aid position to administer and monitor aid disbursements to student-athletes
• Updated aid disbursement procedures between the Financial Aid and Athletics Compliance offices
• External Compliance Audit performed by Bond, Schoeneck and King
• Increased educational efforts with student-athletes, athletics staff and campus partners
• Implementation of compliance software (ARMS) to assist monitoring of compliance efforts
• Athletics Compliance and Financial Aid staff attendance at NCAA Regional Rules seminars
• Athletics Compliance Office has updated its policies and procedures manual
• As of the opening of the 2017-18 academic year, the institution hired a new Associate Athletics Director for Compliance

"This unfortunate error in our operational processes has led to a comprehensive review of our procedures for setting and distributing athletic scholarship aid," Bamford added. "We have updated our procedures, invested in new compliance software and added a full-time position in student financial services to assist our department in monitoring the financial aid disbursement process."

 

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That has been done.
Since 2017, the University and athletics department has enacted remedial and corrective measures and reviewed relevant policies and protocols for athletics compliance which include:

• Creation of a new Assistant Director of Financial Aid position to administer and monitor aid disbursements to student-athletes
• Updated aid disbursement procedures between the Financial Aid and Athletics Compliance offices
• External Compliance Audit performed by Bond, Schoeneck and King
• Increased educational efforts with student-athletes, athletics staff and campus partners
• Implementation of compliance software (ARMS) to assist monitoring of compliance efforts
• Athletics Compliance and Financial Aid staff attendance at NCAA Regional Rules seminars
• Athletics Compliance Office has updated its policies and procedures manual
• As of the opening of the 2017-18 academic year, the institution hired a new Associate Athletics Director for Compliance

"This unfortunate error in our operational processes has led to a comprehensive review of our procedures for setting and distributing athletic scholarship aid," Bamford added. "We have updated our procedures, invested in new compliance software and added a full-time position in student financial services to assist our department in monitoring the financial aid disbursement process."

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You guys have to give Jaffie a break, he's gotta side with the P5. Dayton is the Ohio State of the Pioneer League.
 

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That is horrible news. My son had Nick as a coach and he is such a good person. Sad to hear this.
 
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