THOMAS MORE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL | Saints to Vacate 2015 National Championship
11/15/2016 05:33 PM
Thomas More College failed to monitor its women’s basketball program, according to the NCAA.
The Division III Committee on Infractions notified Thomas More of the results of an investigation into a “single impermissible arrangement.”
The report says the college did not “identify and report a women’s basketball student-athlete living impermissibly with a former assistant women’s basketball coach.”
The student-athlete was identified as Sydney Moss on Tuesday.
Moss lived for free with a former assistant coach while she was recovering from knee surgery, which led to her becoming ineligible.
As a result of the report, the following were the committee’s penalties and corrective measures:
- Public reprimand and censure for the college.
- Two years of probation for the college from Nov. 15, 2016 through Nov. 14, 2018.
- A vacation of all wins in which the student-athlete competed while ineligible. The college will identify the games impacted after the release of the public report. (This is why the program will have to vacate its 2015 national championship.
- A $2,500 fine (self-imposed by the college).
- An outside audit of the college’s athletics program, with an emphasis on financial aid policies and procedures. The school must implement all recommendations made by the reviewer (self-imposed by the college).
- Several staff members, including the head coach, athletics director and compliance officer, must attend at least one NCAA Regional Rules Seminar.
Thomas More President David A. Armstrong, J.D. released a statement on the measures. It reads in part:
“Going forward, Thomas More College will position itself as a leader in NCAA Compliance, and the College will lobby for improved clarity in NCAA bylaws and interpretations as well as earlier pro-active communication between the NCAA enforcement staff and member institutions.”