Report: NCAA looking at Saint Mary’s
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
The Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team is being investigated by the NCAA for potential recruiting violations, according to a report by ESPN.com.
The school confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that it is in contact with the NCAA.
“Saint Mary’s College and the NCAA have been working cooperatively on a matter related to the men’s basketball program,” Michael McAlpin, Saint Mary’s director of media relations wrote in an email to USA TODAY Sports on Friday afternoon. “To respect the integrity of that process, the College will have no further comment at this time.”
ESPN.com is reporting that former Saint Mary’s assistant coach David Patrick has been interviewed by the NCAA. Patrick, who left the Gaels in 2010 to become a scout for the Houston Rockets and now works at LSU, recruited several players from Australia to Saint Mary’s, including Patty Mills.
Three coaches in the West Coast Conference told ESPN.com that they did not see Saint Mary’s head coach Randy Bennett out recruiting during the July period. It is unclear whether that is because he wasn’t allowed to or because it was related to back surgery Bennett had in June.
Bennett is entering his 12th season with the Gaels. He has posted a 235â??117 record and led the team to four NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 berth in 2010.