We’re trying to make sure that everything is taken care of in the right way and that the doors would be open to bring him back. —Tom Holmoe
PROVO — An ongoing NCAA investigation looking into allegations that Nick Emery received improper benefits from boosters could end soon, athletic director Tom Holmoe said Wednesday.
Emery, who withdrew from BYU prior to the basketball season, has stated that he intends to return to play for the Cougars next season. Emery has acknowledged that he is also dealing with personal problems, including a recent divorce.
“One of the things that happened is when he withdrew from school, because of some of the things that were going on in college basketball at that time, some of the other cases, (the NCAA) said, ‘Can we just put this on the back burner now?’” Holmoe said. “I think it probably would have been resolved a little bit earlier if that were not the case because we wouldn’t have had to work on reinstatement. Now, I think it would probably be done in a timely manner.”
Does Holmoe expect Emery to return to the program?
“That’s been a very hard thing for Nick to be able to go through this difficult trial,” Holmoe said. “We’re in contact with Nick. This really lies with Nick and what he wants to do and how he’s feeling and what his intentions are. We love Nick. We’re doing everything we can to make sure we can bring him back and make it work. We’re trying to make sure that everything is taken care of in the right way and that the doors would be open to bring him back.”
The school became aware of alleged improprieties last year and immediately contacted the NCAA.
“As soon as it was identified that there was a problem, we have been working with the NCAA from Day One,” Holmoe said. “There was no time in between where we thought about it. The way that it works in the NCAA is you have a problem, you call them right away and you deal with it. As soon as something happens, our compliance people will call immediately and say, ‘Hey, we have a problem.”
As part of the process of complying with NCAA rules, restitution is “required,” Holmoe said.
Emery allegedly accepted tickets and trips from BYU boosters.