BYU VACATES 47 WINS, HIT WITH PROBATION BUT PLANS TO APPEAL
The BYU men’s basketball program was placed on probation for two years and must vacate 47 wins under sanctions imposed Friday by the NCAA in an improper benefits case involving guard Nick Emery.
The NCAA said the player received more than $12,000 in benefits from four boosters, including travel to concerts and an amusement park and the use of a new car.
BYU said in a statement that the university, coaching staff and athletic department had no knowledge of the infractions. The NCAA didn’t identify Emery but the university’s statement noted the case involved him. The university said it plans to appeal because it considers the vacating of wins too harsh.
“This sanction includes the most severe vacationof-record penalty ever imposed in the history of NCAA Division I basketball for infractions that included no institutional knowledge or involve- ment,” the statement read. “In addition, in the case most similar to this situation, appropriate penalties were imposed, but no wins were vacated.”
Emery withdrew from school last season but has returned. The 6-foot-2 guard is sitting out the first nine games of this season. He served as a captain in 2016-17, averaged 13.1 points per game and was second with 75 3-pointers.