Tuesday SMU head coach Larry Brown became the second coach this year to be suspended by the NCAA as a result of NCAA violations that occurred on his watch. Brown’s suspension, which will run for 30 percent of the Mustangs’ games, begins with the team’s season-opener November 13. And that’s in addition to the postseason ban handed down by the NCAA.
That differs from the punishment handed down to Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim in March, with the NCAA ruling that he has to sit out his team’s first nine ACC game as a result of NCAA rules violations.
With that being the case it was reported Wednesday by ESPN.com that Boeheim would be appealing his suspension. However, according to Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Standard Boeheim will not be filing a second appeal of his suspension. That’s because the initial appeal has yet to be heard, with the expectation being that a ruling will come at some point in November.
Boeheim and the school appealed the penalties handed down by the NCAA in April.
How the NCAA rules on the appeal will be interesting, although it should be noted that Syracuse’s case differs from that of SMU. While the SMU men’s basketball investigation focused on academic fraud committed to get one player (Keith Frazier) qualified, Syracuse’s case was far more wide-reaching in scope.
But even with that being the case, both coaches will miss approximately 30 percent of their team’s games. The difference: Boeheim’s nine-game suspension falls at a more critical point in the season than Brown’s.