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Published: Friday, March 1 2013 10:40 a.m. MST

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Phoenix, AZ

Wow! What can you say to that? Puts a little more vinegar in BYU's losses to them.

I don't know how serious or not these sanctions are relatively speaking, but to lose two scholarships seems like a significant issue.

In some cases, NCAA rules may be ridiculous, but everyone needs to abide by the same set of rules IMHO. If the rules are draconian or stupid, lobby to change them; is what I say. But I think everyone should be held accountable for the same set or rules.

Lone Star Cougar
Plano, TX

Six of the current roster on St. Mary's 16 players are from overseas. four are from Australia. Dellavedova, there star player and their center are included in that group.

Were these current players involved? If so, why are they still playing?

Dave D
Pocatello, ID

I really hope that Dellavedova was not in the know with any of these violations. In my mind, he could be the next John Stockton. If he is guilty, though, then he fails to pass the test of being a great example on and off the court as Stockton was and is.

Chris B
Salt Lake City, UT

Love that picture!

Orem, UT

Dave D

I don't think you can blame Dellavedova or any other Saint Mary's recruits for any NCAA recruiting violations committed by Saint Mary's. It's doubtful any of them, especially the foreign recruits, have a clue about the specifics of NCAA recruiting rules.

The blame lies entirely with Randy Bennett and his coaching staff who apparently knowingly violated the rules even after they had been warned.

I'm beginning to understand Gonzaga fans' contempt for Saint Mary's.

Danish American
Payson, UT

Hey Chris, I notice Utah played really well last night. Have they had a reduction in scholarships?

Lindon, UT

Love the punishments. Hey Chris B, how's your team on the hill doing?

Salt Lake City, UT

Christy only loves the picture because it's something her rundown Utes are incapable of doing anymore.

149-145; 7 in a row; 11 of the last 12; three straight 20-point blowouts at the HC


Looks like Dellavadova is getting out of Dodge just in time and the Australian pipeline just sprang a serious leak.

Chandler, AZ

Chris B. my friend,

I bet you do love that picture. Notice how there are actually fans in the stands. If only huh? If only...

Gilbert, AZ


The NCAA really came down hard on the Gaels. These are the types of sanctions that could severely cripple a small program like Saint Mary's for years.

I don't understand why they chose to continue violating the rules after they'd been warned.

Billy Budd
Saint George, UT

A quick search on Yahoo yielded:

"...While Saint Mary's rise has been predicated largely on its Australian pipeline... the major violations handed down by the NCAA involved the recruitment of French players by the former assistant. None of those players ever attended the university...".

"...The potential violations were brought to the attention of the NCAA in March 2011... The university said it has fully cooperated with the NCAA since that time and already has made improvements in its athletic department, including hiring another compliance officer and beefing up background checks on prospective coaches...".


If only the NCAA could sanction that ridiculous mouth guard...

Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad but the slur comments ruin what could be a good conversation about the problems at St Mary's.


SMC certainly is a good scapegoat for the NCAA to flex their muscle on and make an example of. These look like very minor violations compared to larger, more profitable schools, but the Gaels are renowned enough to attract national attention, but not a large enough fanbase to hurt NCAA for viewership and attendance. Too bad for a program that has made great strides to make itself nationally relevant and produce some great players.


Wow, I can't believe it takes that long for penalties to be enforced.

Columbia, MO

I have trouble seeing how these sanctions are enough to deter future violations. They should have been banned from all post-season play, as Ohio State and USC were. A reduction of two scholarships and the other "penalties" are a mere slap on the wrist.

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