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Report: SMU’s Larry Brown facing charges from NCAA

SMU coach Larry Brown.
SMU coach Larry Brown. The Associated Press

The NCAA Committee on Infractions has leveled a “lack of coach control” allegation against SMU men’s basketball coach Larry Brown, according to Yahoo Sports.

SMU reportedly had a hearing before the NCAA committee in June regarding issues with the golf and men’s basketball programs.

Yahoo reported that the focus of the basketball investigation was on former SMU assistant coach Ulric Maligi and a basketball secretary, who may have helped guard Keith Frazier with his school work.

Frazier played for the Mustangs in the 2013-14 season and the start of the 2014-15 season, averaging 5.4 points per game. However, he was declared “academically ineligible” in January 2015 (after averaging 10.5 points per game) and didn’t play again after losing an NCAA appeal.

The Dallas Morning News reported that Maligi was also the lead recruiter for Frazier, who was the focus of a Dallas School District investigation regarding changed grades.

In January, SMU announced that Maligi has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.

The NCAA reportedly is interested in what Brown knew about Frazier/Maligi, and what he did about it.

The Kansas and UCLA men’s basketball programs received NCAA sanctions for violations while Brown was coaching. He led Kansas to the NCAA title in 1988, but the Jayhawks were banned from postseason play the next season and placed on probation for three years because of recruiting violations.

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