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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.

Report: SMU assistant coach takes indefinite leave

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SMU third-year assistant coach Ulric Maligi has taken an indefinite leave from the program, according to a report from Billy Embody of Pony Stampede.

Embody confirmed with SMU Sr. Associate athletic director Brad Sutton that Maligi’s leave is happening and Sutton commented that this situation is a “private matter.”

“He’s on leave. We’re going to respect his privacy while he’s away,” Sutton said of Maligi to Embody. “That’s all we have to say. Again, it’s a private matter.”

According to Embody, Maligi is on paid leave and it’s looking likely that the assistant coach will be on the move at the end of the season. The assistant was not on the SMU bench on Sunday against UCF and Embody also reported that Maligi is not with the team in Philadelphia for the Mustangs’ Wednesday AAC game at Temple.

Assistant coaches can shift jobs with regularity, but Maligi is a noted star recruiter in the state of Texas and would be a big loss for Larry Brown’s staff if he parts ways with the school. Maligi was the point man on SMU sophomore Keith Frazier, who was a McDonald’s All-American, as well as Emmanuel Mudiay before he opted to play in China.

Larry Brown building staff at SMU, hires Houston assistant Ulric Maligi

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New SMU coach Larry Brown is making moves in his first few weeks at the helm.

Since questions were raised about his age and ability to recruit because of it, he has fired back with a big-time hire, reports the Houston Chronicle.

Ulric Maligi, who has been at the University of Houston for the past two seasons, is headed to SMU as an assistant coach.

The 27-year-old Maligi graduated from Howard in 2006 and was integral in Houston’s impressive recruiting class due on campus in 2012-13, which includes Top 20 prospect Danuel House and forward Danrad “Chicken” Knowles.

Maligi has strong roots in the Texas recruiting scene and will join Jerrance Howard and Rod Strickland at SMU.

He formerly coached the Dallas Mustangs in the AAU.

As Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com reports, SMU is still awaiting word on Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich and whether he will also join Brown’s staff.

As it stands now, SMU’s recruiting class is headed by two strong recruits already signed: sharp-shooter Brian Bernardi of Xaverian (N.Y.) and big man Blaise Mbargorba of the Peddie School (N.J.).

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_