Monday, September 27, 2010
Eastern Michigan self-reports violations
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Eastern Michigan has put its women's basketball program on two years of probation and reported several violations tied to practice and recruiting to the NCAA.
The school said Monday that the violations involved exceeding practice time limits, improper involvement by coaches in voluntary practices and allowing recruits into organized workouts.
Coach AnnMarie Gilbert has been suspended for one month without pay and her salary frozen for the current season. She also was given a letter of reprimand, and must attend mandatory counseling and a NCAA rules seminar.
Gilbert will be replaced by assistant Coach Latonya Tate during her suspension. Three assistant coaches and an assistant athletic trainer also were disciplined.
The school's report was filed Friday with the NCAA.
"We obviously take this matter very seriously, are cooperating fully with the NCAA and have provided a formal self report and self-imposed sanctions," athletic director Derrick Gragg said. "While I am disappointed, I am confident that Coach Gilbert will learn from this and that this will make her an even better coach in the future. The issuance of self-imposed sanctions does not preclude further disciplinary action."
The school said it uncovered the violations during an investigation the past two months after a student-athlete made allegations.