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USC Receives NCAA Decision In Men’s Basketball Case; Self-Imposed Penalties Accepted

Apr 15, 2021

LOS ANGELES — The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions accepted self-imposed sanctions and put the USC men's basketball team on two years probation after making a finding that a men's former assistant coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules.

In a detailed public report, they concluded the former assistant coach operated on his own and without the knowledge of any other university or athletics personnel. The NCAA acknowledged the university "displayed exemplary cooperation and self-imposed significant and meaningful penalties in line with the NCAA membership's penalty guidelines."

The former assistant coach received a three-year show-cause. The NCAA press release is available on its website.


"I'm proud of our university, athletics department and men's basketball program for our management of this matter. Since my arrival at the end of 2019, I have been focused on continuing and enhancing our already-robust compliance program. The NCAA's findings, comments and acceptance of our self-imposed penalties are a reflection of our commitment to accountability, integrity and transparency. I'm grateful to President Carol L. Folt for her guidance, and I commend our compliance staff and legal team for their outstanding efforts navigating us through this challenge. We are thrilled this matter is now behind us, and our focus remains on being the most student-athlete centered program in the country."


"Our men's basketball program is pleased the NCAA has come to a resolution on this case. This was a comprehensive process, and we are looking forward to moving on. We are grateful for all the support provided by our university leadership, especially President Carol L. Folt and Athletic Director Mike Bohn, as well as our compliance and legal teams. We remain committed to winning with integrity and dedicated to providing the best possible experience for all of our student-athletes.