The basketball team at Brigham Young University for Men has been forced to give up two seasons, drop a scholarship, and will be put on probation for two years traveling and other benefits provided to Nick Emery, the NCAA announced Friday.
BYU has lost 47 victories in the two seasons Emery has played for the Provo School. The NCAA press release states that the Cougars have "gained advantage of an inadmissible player for two seasons."
The University, which owns the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, issued a statement disappointing with the verdict, arguing that the NCAA won the victories for schools found with similar violations. not eliminated. BYU will appeal, it said.
At the moment BYU is punished with:
- Two years probation from today until November 8, 2020.
- A vacation with records in which Emery was eligible to participate.
- A discount on a men's basketball scholarship granted during the earliest possible academic year (imposed by the university itself).
- Recruits may not make more than seven official visits during the academic year and 2019-2020.
- A separation from one of the boosters (imposed by the university itself).
- A fine of $ 5,000 (imposed by the university itself).
While Emery's name was not used in the NCAA news release, the BYU press release did, and Emery in principle confirmed his transgressions in a tweet on Friday afternoon.
"My intention has never been to violate the program or the university," the BYU security guard said. "I am grateful to coach [Dave] Rose and the university have been with me throughout the process. "
The Salt Lake Tribune detailed how Emery traveled to amusement parks and concerts with Brandon Tyndall, a senior executive of the Tyndall family Fun For Less Tours, and a member of the BYU's Cougar Club. Emery also drove a Volkswagen Jetta leased by Tyndall.
Tyndall is mentioned neither in the NCAA nor in the BYU report, although the descriptions in the NCAA report of free rides and a car agree with him. The NCAA wrote that BYU had already broken ties with Tyndall, who did not return Tribune messages to look for a comment.
According to the NCAA, two other boosters provided Emery golf outings and meals at a country club, and one of them left Emery $ 200 cash in the locker room of the basketball. A fourth booster led Emery to spend a weekend at a resort, the NCAA said.
The NCAA press release said the COI was concerned about the "unsupervised access" the booster had to Emery and the men's basketball program.
"The COI was particularly worried that one of the boosters had access to the men's locker room for basketball and used this access to lend money to the student athlete," the NCAA press release said. "The fact that a Brigham Young mentoring program combined one of the boosters with the student athlete also affected the COI."
Overall, the NCAA stated that Boosters have provided $ 12,000 for free all-inclusive travel, cash, meals, golf, and use of a car. Of this, $ 10,000 came from the booster, which corresponded to the description of Tyndall.
Rose, BYU's basketball coach for men, loses about one-seventh of his 329 career victories under NCAA penalties. BYU responded by defending Rose and his program.
"BYU has considered the potential violations to be a serious matter from the beginning, and we have cooperated fully with the NCAA review. There was no institutional knowledge or involvement in the violations. The NCAA has found that Coach Rose promotes a compliance environment and monitors the program, "the statement said.
She continued, "The penalty is extremely harsh and unprecedented given the case details. For more than two decades, the NCAA has not required an institution to abandon the Games in similar cases where the COI determined that neither the coaching staff nor any other personnel of the institution had the violation or involvement in the infringement. In fact, this sanction includes the most severe leave penalty ever imposed on NCAA Division I basketball for violations, with no institutional knowledge or involvement. In addition, in the case most similar to this situation, appropriate penalties were imposed but no profits were reversed. The BYU believes that the punishment of vacation vacations is unfair and incompatible with the recent precedent of the NCAA. The university wants to appeal against the decision. "
Rose added in a Friday statement: "I am very disappointed with today's decision by the NCAA. I strongly support the University's plan to appeal the decision. That being said, my focus is on our team and [Friday’s] Play with Utah Valley. "
In an October 2017 interview, Tyndall told The Tribune that he and Emery did not do anything wrong.
"He paid every single item," Tyndall said. "Everything was charged. There was absolutely nothing given. We are friends."
The NCAA may make exceptions to the rules for boosters that give gifts to players when a booster has had a relationship with the student athlete and had benefits before he or she signs up. Tyndall declined to say how long he knew Emery.
Tyndall said there was evidence that Emery had paid the trip.
Tyndall said he was a member of the Cougar Club, but "not active."
"I do it more for the seats," Tyndall said.
According to the NCAA report, Emery received travel that included transportation, accommodation, food, and tickets to a Broadway show, amusement park, and concerts. The Tribune's reporting, based on documents and social media, found Emery and a friend traveled to California to attend Universal Studios and a U2 concert. Emery and this friend also traveled to a U2 concert in Toronto. Tyndall was on both Emery social networks.
Emery was team captain and starter in the 2016-2017 season. He also starred in a Lone Peak High School team, which was named national champion in 2013 and this year was The Tribune's 5A basketball MVP. A junior in high school, Emery worked for BYU, where his older brother Jackson Emery played basketball for four seasons.
Emery gained nationality when he beat Brandon Taylor from the University of Utah in 2015. Emery was suspended for the next game – a win over Weber State. This seems to be the only one of BYU's 48 wins in Emery's two seasons that would persist if the NCAA did not move away from its penalty for winnings no longer won.
Emery left the team before the start of last season and shortly after the release of the NCAA investigation. He was suspended for the first nine games of the season because he had received the improper benefits. Nothing in the announcements from Friday showed that his status at BYU has changed.
The last BYU sports program disciplined by the NCAA was the men's volleyball team. From 2008 to 2011, he was twice punished for giving undue advantages to players.