UNCG announced Thursday that its athletic department has been placed on probation by the NCAA for rules violations that occurred between the 2007-08 and 2012-13 academic years. The violations, which were deemed to be secondary by the NCAA, were self-reported by UNCG and came as a result of programs failing to properly monitor the initial-eligibility and squad list certification processes.
UNCG self-imposed a number of penalties, including a year of probation, the forfeiture of games in which athletes found to be ineligible competed, and a $5,000 fine, with the NCAA adding a year of probation to make it a total of two years.
“UNCG is committed to the highest level of NCAA compliance,” UNCG athletic director Kim Record said in a statement released by the school. “We are committed to abiding by all NCAA rules and I expect our entire athletic department to continue its strong dedication to compliance in the future.”
The case involves multiple inadvertent violations of the NCAA’s initial-eligibility legislation that resulted in 57 student-athletes from 2007-08 through 2012-13 academic years practicing, competing, receiving athletically related aid and/or receiving actual and necessary expenses for competition while ineligible. A majority of the deficiencies that caused the NCAA initial-eligibility certification violations included student-athletes not registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center, not completing the required amateurism certification questionnaire, not requesting certification for a specific sport in which the student-athlete participated, not submitting transcripts or test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center and/or not requesting final amateurism certification. Additionally, from 2007-08 through 2010-11, the university did not require the athletics director or head coaches to review and sign squad lists and did not keep lists on file.
Thirteen sports, including men’s basketball, were cited in the report put together by the NCAA. Yet while the violations weren’t deemed to be serious, the number of violations (involving 57 athletes) factored into the NCAA’s decision to add a second year of probation. No sports lost scholarships as a result of the NCAA ruling.
Monday the Wofford athletic department announced the passing of guard Jeremiah Tate, who drowned in the early morning hours swimming in Lake Wylie which is split between North Carolina and South Carolina. Tate was a camp counselor at YMCA Camp Thunderbird, and according to media reports he and another counselor jumped from the Buster Boyd Bridge.
While the other counselor did return to the surface Tate did not, with rescue crews finding his body two hours later. Per a report from WIS-TV 10 in Columbia, South Carolina, witnesses said that Tate couldn’t swim with the other counselor stating that he didn’t know that to be the case.
“The entire Wofford College family is devastated and saddened today by the loss of Jeremiah Tate,” Wofford Director of Athletics Richard Johnson said in a statement released by the school. “Jeremiah was such a dedicated, loved and respected member of the men’s basketball team.
“He had a wonderful personality and had many friends on campus extending outside of the athletic department. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest condolences are with his family. He will truly be missed.”
Tate, who played in 13 games during his career at Wofford, was an Allstate Good Works Team nominee this past season.
h/t The Sporting News
This has been a busy month for new East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes, with three players transferring out and two committing to the Southern Conference program. Saturday night the Bucs landed another piece for its backcourt in the form of guard Ge’Lawn Guyn, who spent his first four seasons at Cincinnati.
News of Guyn’s commitment was first reported by Scout.com, and he’ll be eligible to play immediately for ETSU.
Due to a finger injury Guyn played in just two games for the Bearcats last season, and it was announced in early March that he’d been granted a release from his scholarship. Guyn played 19 minutes per game as a junior in 2013-14, and he averaged 21.5 minutes per game in the two contests he played in during the 2014-15 campaign.
For his entire career, Guyn averaged 3.1 points and 1.7 rebounds in just over 13 minutes of action per game. While the numbers certainly don’t jump off the page, Guyn gives ETSU another perimeter option to call upon with seniors Petey McClain and Lester Wilson, and sophomores Desonta Bradford and A.J. Merriweather being their most experienced returnees.
ETSU also adds junior college transfer T.J. Cromer and freshman Shemar Johnson to its backcourt. Guyn’s the second transfer from a Division I program to join ETSU this spring, with dismissed Indiana forward Hanner Mosquera-Perea being the first.