After months of assuming Binghamton, in the wake of its Kevin Broadus-led nightmare, was set to receive the blunt end of a concluded NCAA investigation, something strange happened: The program survived after all.
Interim athletic director Jim Norris received a letter from the NCAA Monday stating that it didn't believe Binghamton committed major infractions during the Broadus era. It did say the school committed two minor infractions related to impermissible travel provided to two former players by former assistant coach Mark Hsu. But, all things considered, interim university president C. Peter Magrath has this about right:
C. Peter Magrath, the university’s interim president, said in a telephone interview that the N.C.A.A. found two secondary violations, but not “the big bad stuff that can get you sanctioned.”
"Big bad stuff." I believe that's the forensic term, yes.
What that all means is that despite the school's terrifying slide under Broadus -- which included six player dismissals, former athletic director Joel Thirer's resignation, Broadus' suspension and a general (and previously unheard of at Binghamton) attitude that academics was secondary to a winning basketball team -- Binghamton isn't in danger of any scary, death-penalty-esque punishments anytime soon.
That means the school has to figure out what to do with Broadus. Broadus has been reinstated by the program and is once again receiving his salary, but there are no plans to move him from his current position of senior athletic administrator for academic assessment (a pretty hilarious title, given this whole mess). Broadus, however, seems to want his coaching job back, and we could have a standoff on our hands. From the New York Times:
One of Broadus’s lawyers, Don Jackson, said that the report cleared Broadus’s name with the N.C.A.A. and that he looked forward to resuming coaching. Jackson blamed the university for the off-court problems.
“It’s the fault of a university to not have the infrastructure in place to support the student-athletes,” he said.
Oh boy. This could get ugly. Er, you know: uglier.