UA officials respond to NCAA’s ruling on basketball infractionsby Javier Morales on Jul. 29, 2010, under Sports
The NCAA Committee on Infractions report finalized penalties imposed on the Arizona men’s basketball program that included scholarship losses in 2012-13, reductions in official on-campus visits and evaluations, and vacating 19 victories from the 2007-08 season.
The university will not appeal the decision.
The NCAA approved the UA’s previous self-imposed penalty of one reduced scholarship for 2011-12 as well as visit limitations and evaluations. Therefore, after next season, the UA will operate with 12 scholarship players in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
“We’re satisfied that the process has reached a conclusion,” said Greg Byrne, UA director of athletics, in a quote provided by the university. “We have cooperated throughout and respect the findings of the committee. Now it’s time for us to move forward with a focus on maintaining the highest standards of integrity within our entire athletics program.”
The infractions in question occurred prior to head men’s basketball coach Sean Miller‘s hiring in April of 2009.
“I know that our university and athletic department went to great lengths to demonstrate institutional integrity in handling this matter, which includes our self-imposed sanctions,” Miller is quoted as saying by Arizona. “We are all looking forward to a bright future as we continue to develop and build our basketball program with integrity at the forefront of everything we strive to accomplish. I am very happy for our current players that today’s sanctions won’t affect their future, nor will it affect the prospects that we are currently recruiting to our great university.”
UA president Robert N. Shelton‘s reaction: “I am pleased to have this matter resolved and am confident in the future of our basketball program under the leadership of Coach Miller. The UA is committed to maintaining the highest standards of compliance and integrity in our athletics program.”