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NCAA punishes Pacific men’s basketball for violations

In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Pacific head coach Ron Verlin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)
In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Pacific head coach Ron Verlin during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona in Tucson, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri / Associated Press)
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STOCKTON, Calif. – The men’s basketball team at Pacific has been punished by the NCAA for academic and recruiting violations under former coach Ron Verlin.

The NCAA said Wednesday that Verlin failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he violated academic misconduct and recruiting rules to get prospects eligible. He also failed to monitor his coaches and violated NCAA ethics rules when he encouraged others to give false information during the investigation.

The baseball program was also cited because former coach Ed Sprague impermissibly provided an athletic training student with a $16,000 scholarship to help with the housing costs of two baseball student-athletes, including her brother.

Penalties for the school include two years of probation, recruiting and scholarship reductions, a $5,000 fine and a vacation of all games in which ineligible athletes participated.

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