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Monday, March 1, 2010
Binghamton withdraws from postseason

By Diamond Leung

Binghamton announced Monday that it has voluntarily withdrawn from the America East Conference tournament, citing "possible distractions" while the school addresses a review of the troubled program.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