NCAA violations lead to Marquette firing assistant Scott Monarch, suspending head coach Buzz Williams one game

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In response to the violation of NCAA rules, Marquette has dismissed assistant coach Scott Monarch and suspended head coach Buzz Williams for one Big East game, as first reported by Jeff Goodman of

The violations came in the recruiting of a prospective student-athlete, who Monarch was found to have provided with team-issued apparel and transportation.

What made the situation worse for Monarch, and ultimately led to his being fired, was the fact that he was found to have been dishonest when questioned on multiple occasions before finally coming clean.

Monarch was a part of the Marquette program for the last four years, beginning as the director of basketball operations in 2008-09 and being promoted the following season.

Williams was suspended for Marquette’s Big East opener “in recognition of his duty to monitor the compliance of his staff”.

“When I was allowed to review the report earlier this week, I was deeply saddened to learn of an error in judgment of one of my assistants and closest friends,” said Coach Williams in a statement released by the school.

“I take personal responsibility for what happens in this program and realize we must be role models to both our team and the entire University. Our commitment has always been and will always be to operate this program at the highest level of integrity in the Marquette and Jesuit tradition.”

Marquette retained the law firm of Bond, Schoeneck and King to help with the investigation and communicate with the NCAA.

In addition to the punishments dealt to Monarch and Williams the number of official visits the program can have in the next calendar year have been cut.

It’s been an eventful off-season in Milwaukee in regards to Williams’ staff, with Tony Benford becoming the head coach at North Texas and Aki Collins joining Josh Pastner’s staff at Memphis.

Brad Autry and Isaac Chew joined Williams’ staff as assistants with the experienced Jerry Wainright coming on as director of basketball operations.

Photo credit: Marquette University

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Utah lands top-75 center Jayce Johnson

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Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.

Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.

Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.


PHOTO: South Carolina gets new uniforms

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South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.

They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.