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Report: Oregon suspends Dominic Artis, Brandon Austin and Damyean Dotson from campus for up to 10 years

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The University of Oregon has found Dominic Artis, Brandon Austin and Damyean Dotson responsible for sexual misconduct and all three players will be removed from campus for up to 10 years, according to a report from The Huffington Post.

Artis, Austin and Dotson were accused of sexually assaulting a female classmate overnight from March 8 to 9 at multiple off-campus locations, but Eugene, Oregon prosecutors declined to pursue the case because there was insufficient evidence to “prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The three players were already dismissed from the men’s basketball team as of May 9th.

The victim’s lawyer, John Clune, spoke with The Huffington Post on Monday and told them that the trio was found responsible for sexual misconduct and suspended for a minimum of four years, “or longer if my client is still on campus after four years.” The maximum time for the suspension is 10 years.

Oregon and men’s basketball head coach Dana Altman faced a heavy amount of criticism for its handling of the incident, as Artis and Dotson were allowed to play in the NCAA Tournament even after the school had learned of the incident. Austin was redshirting after transferring from Providence midway through the 2013-14 season, but he was also investigated for a sexual assault at Providence, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

While all three players were never going to play basketball at Oregon again, this ruling from the University does give a little bit of closure to the incident from the school’s standpoint.

The alleged victim wrote a letter to the Oregon school community in June to explain her feelings on the case.

Syracuse receives mixed news on sanctions appeals

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Wednesday the NCAA made its ruling on two appeals of sanctions made by Syracuse University, with the news being mixed for the men’s basketball program.

On the positive side the NCAA ruled that Syracuse will be docked two scholarships per season for the next four years, as opposed to the original ruling of three. As a result Jim Boeheim’s program only has to account for the loss of eight total scholarships, meaning that they’ll have 11 to fill in each of the next four seasons as opposed to ten.

One scholarship may not seem like a big deal, but in a sport where you only get 13 (when not dealing with sanctions) getting that grant-in-aid back really helps from a recruiting standpoint.

As for the negatives, they both concern Boeheim. Not only has there yet to be a ruling on Boeheim’s appeal of his nine-game suspension that goes into effect when ACC play begins in January (that appeal is being heard separately), but the appeal to reinstate the wins that were vacated as part of the sanctions was denied. As a result Boeheim officially has 868 wins instead of 969 (not counting today’s game against Charlotte).

And with Mike Hopkins set to take over as head coach in 2018, the denial means that college basketball will have to wait quite some time before anyone threatens to join Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000 wins club.

While not having the wins officially reinstated does hurt, getting a scholarship back for each of the next four seasons is a bigger deal when it comes to the long-term health of the Syracuse program. Also of great importance will be the ruling regarding Boeheim’s suspension, as a suspended coach is not allowed to have any contact with his players or coaching staff while serving the penalty.

And with the original ruling due to take up half of Syracuse’s league slate, not having Boeheim (or the chance to speak with him) is a big deal when it comes to this current team.

St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe cleared by NCAA

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St. John’s forward Kassoum Yakwe has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season and will be eligible immediately, the school announced on Wednesday.

Yakwe is a 6-foot-8 forward that reclassified and enrolled at St. John’s this fall. He attended the same high school as Kansas forward Cheick Diallo, who was also cleared by the NCAA to play today.

St. John’s played in the Maui Invitational this week, and Yakwe did not take part. His first game with the Johnnies will be on Dec. 2nd against Fordham if the program plans to play his this season.

The question that must be asked, however, is whether or not he will suit up or simply redshirt. The Johnnies are in the midst of a serious rebuild and will be without their other elite recruit this season, Marcus Lovett. Lovett was ruled a partial qualifier. Would it make sense to burn a year of eligibility on what make amount to a wasted season, or will head coach Chris Mullin opt to save that year for down the road?