Marquette: Williams Suspended One Game, Assistant Fired After Recruit Violation
On Friday, it was released (via Chris Jenkins and NBC Sports) that Marquette basketball assistant coach Scott Monarch was dismissed from his position and head coach Buzz Williams will miss the first Big East conference game this season after the school discovered that Monarch had committed a recruiting violation.
Marquette hired an outside law firm to investigate after Monarch had provided a recruit transportation. When school officials addressed the findings with the assistant coach, Monarch was "untruthful" (via USA Today) to them on several occasions. The sanctions were self-imposed by Marquette, and the school also reported their findings to the NCAA.
According to Jeff Goodman, one source told CBS Sports, "If Monarch had been truthful, he'd almost certainly still have a job. These were minor things."
It appears that head coach Buzz Williams was unaware of the violation. He said in a statement (via the Columbia Daily Tribune) yesterday:
When I was allowed to review the report earlier this week, I was deeply saddened to learn of an error in judgment of one of my assistants and closest friends. I take personal responsibility for what happens in this program and realize we must be role models to both our team and the entire university. Our commitment has always been and will always be to operate this program at the highest level of integrity in the Marquette and Jesuit tradition.
Athletic director Larry Williams (via Matt Trebby of The Marquette Tribune) also released a statement to the media on the situation:
This situation reinforces the need to be focused not only on our rich competitive history but most importantly on the core values that underpin this very unique program—among the elite in the nation. It was our obligation to take strong decisive steps as we took this matter extremely seriously. The NCAA has made the role of institutions quite clear in its proposed legislative changes to the penalty structure.
Monarch, who has worked with Buzz Williams for many year, was the Golden Eagles recruiting coordinator. There has been no indication on weather the situation will hurt any player commitments at this time.
Marquette is still set for a strong 2012-2013 season. With three seniors, several quality juniors and talented freshman power forward Steve Taylor on the roster, the Golden Eagles have everything they need for another quality season.
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