BYU va­cates 47 wins, hit with pro­ba­tion but plans to ap­peal

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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 would ap­peal.

“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 in­volve­ment,” the state­ment read. Richards grabbed a ca­reer-high 19 re­bounds and the Wild­cats (1-1) bounced back from Tues­day night’s

118-84 shel­lack­ing by No.

4 Duke, but had to work hard in the sec­ond half to over­come the vet­eran Salukis.

No. 6 Ten­nessee 87, Louisiana-Lafayette 65: Grant Wil­liams scored 31 points, pulled down 10 re­bounds and show­cased his new­found 3-point range Fri­day as the Vo­lus

(2-0) breezed at home. No. 8 North Carolina 116, Elon 67: Cameron John­son and fresh­man Nas­sir Lit­tle scored 21 points apiece and the Tar Heels

(2-0) routed the host Phoenix (1-1), who chris­tened their new $40 mil­lion on-cam­pus arena.

Elon has not beaten North Carolina since 1918 and re­mained win­less against Top 25 op­po­nents since mov­ing to Di­vi­sion I in the late 1990s.

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