Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Report: Oklahoma Fires Men's Basketball Strength Coach After Possible Violations

Jozsef Szendrei
Oklahoma basketball strength coach Jozsef Szendrei has been dismissed after the OU compliance staff discovered an NCAA extra-benefit violation, sources confirmed Monday evening.

The violation came during the men’s basketball team’s trip to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament late last month, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

A booster provided cash to a traveling staffer, who was supposed to pass the money along to players.

It is unclear at this time if the cash ever reached players’ hands, but a statement from OU Athletics said that any eligibility matters stemming from the issue had been resolved.

The statement did not name Szendrei.

“Our monitoring system worked as designed and our compliance staff became aware of a violation,” OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said in the statement. “The resulting investigation confirmed the information we received. We are committed to a culture of compliance. Unfortunately, a breach occurred and we have taken the corrective action we believe to be appropriate.” (More at The Oklahoman)
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