Four members of the Eastern Michigan University women’s basketball team coaching staff are being disciplined in connection with NCAA rule violations.
EMU took the first step and reported the violations to the NCAA. WWJ’s Pat Sweeting spoke with University spokesman Walter Kraft, who said the violations were discovered from an internal investigation.
“We conducted (the investigation) following a student athlete who came to us and indicated some questions about practice time and whether proper practice time rules were being followed,” Kraft said.
Besides the violations of time rules the coaches were also implicated in improper coach involvement in practices that were supposed to be voluntary, and two incidents of prospective student-athletes working out with the team.
Head coach AnnMarie Gilbert, and three assistant coaches were disciplined by both the NCAA and the University.
Among the punishments for Gilbert are a 30-day suspension without pay, a salary freeze for the year, and mandatory counseling about NCAA rules.
EMU also imposed 10 additional sanctions on the coaching staff, including 2-year probation and a reduction in countable athletics-related activities.
Moving forward, the University plans to give the NCAA full cooperation, and resolve the coaching issues while supporting the team.
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