Baylor’s penalties accepted

NCAA agrees with school’s probation, recruiting limits

- From staff and wire reports Contributi­ng: Andy Gardiner

Baylor will serve a three-year probation, take a cut in scholarshi­ps and work under recruiting restrictio­ns after the NCAA agreed Wednesday with the school’s self-imposed penalties for more than 1,200 impermissi­ble phone calls and text messages from men’s and women’s basketball coaches to recruits over a fouryear period. The NCAA announceme­nt came after a threeyear investigat­ion that began in 2008 during Baylor’s recruitmen­t of Brittney Griner, the 2012 national player of the year who led the Lady Bears to an unpreceden­ted 40-0 season and a win in the national title game last week. Coach Kim Mulkey, who also took Baylor to the 2005 NCAA title, will be barred from off-campus recruiting in July. Also among the sanctions:

-Men’s basketball lost one scholarshi­p for the 2011-12 season and will lose another in 2012-13. The women lost two scholarshi­ps in 2011-12.

-Men’s basketball coach Scott Drew will be suspended from all coaching duties for the first two Big 12 Conference games in 2012-13.

-A one-year show-cause order against former men’s assistant coach Mark Morefield for providing the NCAA false and misleading informatio­n. He resigned in July 2011.

-Three years of probation ending April 10, 2015.

“We are grateful . . . the NCAA Committee on Infraction­s has agreed to the facts of this case,” Baylor President Ken Starr said in a statement. “It is important that we acknowledg­e our errors and respond to them in a manner that is open and honest.”

Because the NCAA committee agreed with Baylor’s handling of the investigat­ion and adopted its self-imposed restrictio­ns, the case is considered closed and there will be no appeal.

Fine investigat­ion:

A man who has accused former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molesting him has been sentenced to three years and three months in prison for sexually abusing a boy in Maine.

Zach Tomaselli, 23, was sentenced Wednesday after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutor­s in December.

Tomaselli is one of three to accuse Fine of molesting them as boys, but his is the only case that falls within the statute of limitation­s. The U.S. Attorney’s office is investigat­ing his claim that Fine, fired in November, molested him in 2002 in Pittsburgh. Fine has denied the accusation­s.

 ?? By Chris Humphreys, US Presswire ?? Sanctioned: Baylor coach Kim Mulkey will be barred from off-campus recruiting in July.
By Chris Humphreys, US Presswire Sanctioned: Baylor coach Kim Mulkey will be barred from off-campus recruiting in July.

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