JACKSON (JStateTigers.com) - On July 1, 2016, the NCAA placed Jackson State University on probation through June 30, 2017 for violations that occurred within the men’s tennis program during Spring 2015. JSU took action after discovering that the former head coach had committed several violations, engaged in unethical conduct and otherwise failed in his other responsibilities as a head coach. All findings were self-discovered and self-reported by Jackson State University. The case was resolved through the summary disposition process – a cooperative effort where the involved parties collectively submitted the case to the Committee on Infractions in written form.
The NCAA imposed the following penalties:
a. Public reprimand and censure for the university.
b. One year of probation for the university from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.
c. A two-year show-cause order for the former head coach from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018. During that period, if he is hired at an NCAA member school, he is prohibited from all coaching and recruiting duties.
d. A vacation of records in which the student-athlete participated while ineligible.
e. A $5,000 fine.
Jackson State University Actions
a. Upon learning of possible NCAA violations, JSU conducted a thorough internal investigation.
b. Self-reported violations to the NCAA, as well as findings during internal investigation.
c. Terminated the former head coach at the conclusion of investigation.
Jackson State University acknowledges the current probationary period penalties have no effect on the 2015-16 men’s tennis team’s record, conference championship and participation in the NCAA Tournament. No current member of the JSU men’s tennis coaching staff was present during the time the violations occurred.
JSU Director of Athletics, Wheeler Brown Statement
“We take compliance with NCAA, SWAC and University rules and regulations very seriously at Jackson State University. Once we learned that the former head men’s tennis coach had committed NCAA violations, we immediately self-reported and worked closely with the NCAA during the investigation process. At the conclusion of the process, we terminated the coach and accepted the NCAA’s penalties. JSU will abide by all NCAA rules and regulations and will continue to self report to our governing body.”
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