BYU men's basketball put on two years probation as part of NCAA sanctions

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BYU's Davin Guinn, right, fouls Saint Mary's Jock Landale during the second half of a West Coast Conference tournament NCAA college basketball game Monday, March 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. Saint Mary's won 81-50. (AP Photo/John Locher)

(KUTV) -- Brigham Young University men's basketball has received sanctions from the NCAA including two years on probation.

The program was hit after current guard Nick Emery, who is currently serving a nine-game suspension with the Cougars, was discovered to have received extra-benefits last year.

The NCAA stated the sanctions levied are because of “four Brigham Young boosters providing more than $12,000 in complimentary all-inclusive vacations, cash, meals, golf and the use of a car to a men’s basketball student-athlete”.

The sanctions include:

  • Two-Year probation
  • Loss of one scholarship
  • Vacating 47 wins (the number of games that Emery played in his two seasons with the Cougars).
  • A disassociation of a booster
  • $5,000 fine

BYU is expected to appeal the NCAA's decision and seek reinstatement of the wins that were vacated. The university in Provo, Utah, issued 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.

Click below to read the full decision by the NCAA.