The University of Southern Mississippi recently received correspondence from the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s newly-formed Basketball Focus Group to review issues within its men’s basketball program. The university agreed to have the BFG visit its campus in May.
The university fully cooperated with the BFG and together reviewed various issues within the Southern Miss program. The results of this joint review yielded one secondary NCAA rules infraction that the university is in the process of reporting to the NCAA.
“We have established procedures in place through our internal compliance program to take appropriate actions as a result of any violations,” said Richard Giannini, director of Athletics. “We are continually vigilant regarding NCAA rules and regulations for each of our sports programs and are confident that we have taken the appropriate steps to deal with this issue.”
As noted in educational materials prepared by the NCAA, the BFG, while still an arm of the NCAA enforcement program, has been established to more readily understand issues across the spectrum of Division I men’s basketball and to review specific matters within each program (e.g., recruiting) when they arise.
“We are committed to maintaining the integrity of all our programs with regard to the NCAA’s established guidelines,” said Giannini.
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