PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) – The long awaited ruling from the NCAA came down on the BYU basketball program, and the school is not happy.
The NCAA ruled that the basketball team must vacate two seasons worth of victories, will be placed on two years probation and must forfeit a scholarship because point guard Nick Emery received roughly $12,000 of improper benefits from a booster.
BYU won 48 games during that two-year time period in which Emery played.
Emery missed all of last season, and has already been suspended by the school for the first nine games of the 2018-19 season.
BYU plans on appealing the ruling and released the following statement:
“We are disappointed with the decision announced today by the NCAA Committee on Infractions (COI). The COI review is the result of a BYU self-report to the NCAA. From the beginning, BYU has considered the possible infractions a serious matter, and we have cooperated in every way with the NCAA review. There was no institutional knowledge of or involvement in the infractions. In fact, the NCAA found that Coach Rose promotes an atmosphere of compliance and monitors the program.
“The vacation-of-records penalty is extremely harsh and unprecedented given the details of the case. For more than two decades, the NCAA has not required an institution to vacate games in similar cases where the COI found there was no institutional knowledge of or involvement in the violation by either the coaching staff or other university personnel. In fact, this sanction includes the most severe vacation-of-record penalty ever imposed in the history of NCAA Division I basketball for infractions that included no institutional knowledge or involvement. In addition, in the case most similar to this situation, appropriate penalties were imposed, but no wins were vacated. BYU believes the vacation- of-records penalty is unfair and not consistent with recent NCAA precedent. The university plans to appeal the decision.”
Head coach Dave Rose issued a statement himself, saying, “I’m very disappointed with today’s NCAA ruling. I strongly support the university’s plan to appeal the decision. That being said, my focus is on our team and tonight’s game with Utah Valley.”
In 2017, Emery allegedly received free trips and the use of a car from booster Brandon Tyndall. Two other boosters provided golf outings and meals at a country club to Emery, according to the NCAA, and one of them left Emery $200 cash in the basketball locker room. A fourth booster arranged for Emery to have a weekend stay at a resort, the NCAA said.
The NCAA news release said the Committee on Infractions (COI) was concerned by the “unmonitored access” the boosters had to Emery and the men’s basketball program.
BYU plays its second game of the season tonight against Utah Valley University.