BYU va­cates 47 wins, plans to ap­peal pro­ba­tion

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Sports -

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. “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.

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