The Salt Lake Community College men's basketball program will officially be put on probation by the National Junior College Athletic Association next week, the Deseret News has learned.
Two officials of the NJCAA were at the college Wednesday talking to school officials about alleged infractions. They will send a letter to the school next week to confirm the infractions and set the penalty for probation.According to Judd Morgan, vice president for student services, the men's basketball program will be put on probation for the rest of the 1988-89 school year. It means the school will not be eligible for post-season play, including the Region 18 tournament in early March.
"We will apply to be off probation this summer, so our new program will not be on probation next year," said Morgan.
Morgan emphasized that the women's program is doing "super" and is unaffected by the probation.
While Morgan didn't want to discuss the details of the infractions until the official letter from the NJCAA comes next week, it was learned there were three infractions by the college.
One of the infractions involved an ineligible player, who apparently didn't have the proper transcripts from high school. The five games he played in this year will all be forfeited. Another infraction involved a small illegal loan to a foreign basketball player who was being recruited.
George Killian and Wayne Baker, the two NJCAA officials who came to Utah this week, were unavailable for comment Thursday and will be out of the office until Monday. No one else at the NJCAA in Colorado Springs would comment on the investigation.
Two weeks ago, both SLCC athletic director Ron Gerber and basketball Coach Dave Osborn resigned the same day, but Morgan said the resignations are not related to the NJCAA investigation.
"They both resigned because of business opportunities," he said. "It is just a coincidence."
The SLCC team currently stands in fifth place in the Region 18 standing with a 4-5 record.
"We're determined to maintain a quality program, and we'll work hard to do that," said Morgan.