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SMU Mustangs to Appeal NCAA Sanctions, Not Brown Suspension

According to information in a report from Bill Nichols of the Dallas Morning News, the SMU Mustangs basketball program plans to appeal recent NCAA sanctions connected to academic wrongdoing at SMU.

On Sept. 29, the NCAA announced that it would ban SMU from the 2016 postseason and strip away 27 victories from the 2013-14 season due to the infractions. As part of the sanctions, scholarships were to also be reduced for both the basketball and golf programs, per reports.

The following is from Sports Illustrated:

The penalties, revealed Sept. 30, come as a result of of “lack of head coach control” and academic misconduct regarding the eligibility of guard Keith Frazier, who allegedly had assistance with coursework. Frazier was ruled academically illegible halfway through the 2014–15 season.

The Mustangs plan to counter some of those actions, but they’re not appealing the nine-game suspension of basketball coach Larry Brown or the postseason ban.

“Although we regret the severe impact on our student-athletes, the simple fact is that the NCAA penalty structure mandates at minimum a one-year postseason ban for the level of misconduct that occurred, in our case, when a former staff member completed an online high school course for a prospective student-athlete,” school president R. Gerald Turner said in a statement, via Nichols of the DMN.

SMU basketball and athletic director Rick Hart provided more information about the ongoing issues by posting a series of statements on Twitter:

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