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Binghamton withdraws from postseason

3/1/2010

Binghamton announced Monday that it has voluntarily withdrawn from the America East Conference tournament, citing "possible distractions" while the school addresses a review of the troubled program.

The defending tournament champion Bearcats were to have been the No. 5 seed in this year's tournament. One year after making the NCAAs, Binghamton (13-18) has had coaches placed on leave and players kicked off the team stemming from all sorts of allegations against the program as detailed in a recent report led by retired New York chief judge Judith Kaye.

"We commend our student-athletes and coaches for the dedication and determination they have maintained throughout this very challenging year," outgoing president Lois DeFleur said in a statement. "They have surpassed expectations. However with the controversy currently surrounding the program it is not appropriate we play in this year's postseason."