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Report: NCAA has notified SMU of allegations

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Problems continued to surface for Larry Brown’s SMU basketball program on Friday.

Hours after it was announced that sophomore guard Keith Frazier would miss the rest of the season due to academic issues, NBCSports.com confirmed a report from ESPN‘s Jeff Goodman and Andy Katz that SMU had been sent a Notice of Allegations by the NCAA. The accusations include academic improprieties.

From ESPN:

One of the allegations involves sophomore Keith Frazier’s academics as issues began when he was attempting to become eligible prior to his arrival at SMU, according to a source familiar with the allegations.

Sources told ESPN that assistant coach Ulric Maligi’s involvement with Frazier before the player enrolled in SMU has been under investigation.

Maligi, the third-year assistant coach, left the team indefinitely on Monday night. The star recruiter also helped SMU land Emmanuel Mudiay before he elected to pursue a professional career in China.

Frazier, who was averaging 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, isn’t the first Mustang to have eligibility issues this season. Markus Kennedy was academically ineligible for the first half of the season. Justin Martin, the Xavier transfer, left the program on Tuesday to turn pro, however, ESPN reported that his decision also stemmed from academic issues.

SMU hosts East Carolina on Saturday evening at 4 p.m. The Mustangs currently hold a 13-4 overall (4-1 American Athletic Conference) record.

Markus Kennedy cleared to play immediately for SMU

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SMU received a boost to its lineup on Friday afternoon, as forward Markus Kennedy has been cleared to play immediately after missing the first semester for academic reasons.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was the first of several major media outlets to report the news via Twitter.

Last season, the 6-foot-8 Kennedy averaged 12.4 points and 7.1 rebounds for the Mustangs. SMU ended up being the notable snub of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. In an effort to improve its non-conference slate, Larry Brown scheduled games against Gonzaga, Indiana and Michigan on the road, as well as a home contest against Arkansas. So far, the Mustangs haver suffered losses to the Zags, Hoosiers and Razorback with their best wings against Wyoming and UC Santa Barbara.

SMU had planned to have Kennedy and five-star freshman Emmanuel Mudiay in the lineup for those out-of-conference games. However, in July, Mudiay announced he’d head overseas instead, followed by news several months late that Kennedy was facing eligibility issues.

The addition of Kennedy is a huge lift for SMU, a program looking to get into the tournament for the first time since 1993. The American Athletic Conference has struggled as a whole with Cincinnati’s recent home win over San Diego State serving as the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing season so far. Kennedy gives SMU arguably the top big man in the conference.

SMU is 7-3 this season with an important non-conference game on Saturday on the road against Michigan. Kennedy will make his season debut against the Wolverines.

The Ten Most Important Midseason Additions

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Markus Kennedy, SMU: He’s not a transfer — Kennedy missed the first semester as a result of academic issues — but if he gets the grades he needs, Kennedy will be joining the Mustang lineup on Saturday against Michigan. He will be the best big man in the AAC, but will it be too late to turn the conference into more than just a one-bid league?

Jameel McKay, Iowa State: McKay will be eligible this week for the Cyclones. He’s a shotblocking presence and a front court athlete unlike anything that Fred Hoiberg has had in Ames, but on a team that’s built on spacing and having shooters at every position on the floor, how much of an impact will he really have?

Luke Fischer, Marquette: The former Indiana big man will be eligible for Marquette tonight against Arizona State, which is important for the Golden Eagles. They are in dire need of front court help.

Alex Murphy, Florida: Murphy never could find a spot in the Duke lineup, which is why he transferred out of the program last winter. Florida is dealing with all kinds of health and depth issues, and Murphy’s addition will help that. They take on Wake Forest in Gainesville on Saturday.

Jesse Morgan and Devin Coleman, Temple: Temple is just 6-4 on the season, but their back court depth will get quite a boost with the addition of Morgan (UMass) and Coleman (Clemson).

Trayvon Reed, Auburn: Reed began his Auburn career on Sunday, picking up four fouls in eight minutes. The 7-foot-1 top 100 recruit is talented and promising, but he’s still very much a prospect at this point. His impact this season will be minimal.

Eric McClellan, Gonzaga: McClellan will be eligible to play for the Zags on January 8th, and while adding a player that averaged 14.3 points in the SEC sounds, on paper, like a big addition, but there aren’t many minutes to be add in that perimeter. Kevin Pangos, Gary Bell Jr. and Byron Wesley will get their 25-30 minutes, and Kyle Dranginis and Silas Melson will be the first two off the bench.

Savon Goodman, Arizona State: Goodman flamed out at UNLV after he was arrested for breaking into a friend’s apartment and stealing shoes, money and video games. He’ll be eligible at Arizona State beginning tonight. He’ll add perimeter depth, but it likely won’t be a difference-maker for the Sun Devils.

George Marshall, South Dakota State: Marshall played a season and a half at Wisconsin before Trae Jackson took over the starting point guard roll. He’ll be eligible at SDSU on Thursday and should step into the starting point guard role for a team that is 6-3 overall and could win the Summit League.

Cam Biedscheid, Jacksonville State?: There’s a question mark there for a reason. Biedscheid has been all over the place, leaving Notre Dame midway through the 2012-2013 season before getting shipped out at Missouri. He was supposed to be headed to Iona, but that never materialized. The latest? A report saying he’s headed to Jacksonville State and will try to get eligible for this season. Biedscheid is a former four-star recruit and will be one of the best players in the Ohio Valley if he ever ends up playing there.