The NCAA banned the SMU men’s basketball team from postseason play Tuesday and suspended veteran coach Larry Brown for nine games after concluding that he lied to investigators, ignored academic fraud and fell far short of expectations in leading his staff when it came to compliance. In a scathing report, the NCAA noted that Brown had previously coached at Kansas and UCLA yet made “choices against his better judgment when it came to compliance issues” at SMU, where he is preparing for his fourth season. SMU did not immediately comment on the findings, which it can appeal. The NCAA said Brown had acknowledged “his failed judgment” during a hearing on the case and that it found him “reflective and remorseful.” Associated Press
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