NCAA places Auburn men’s hoops on probation
Auburn, AL (Sports Network) – The NCAA Tuesday placed the Auburn men’s
basketball program on two years’ probation and cut one scholarship for
multiple recruiting violations.
The Division I Committee on Infractions did clear the university of all major
rules violations with high school prospects Chadd Moore and Jackie Butler.
Auburn had previously admitted to minor rules violations and imposed its own
penalties. However, the school had long denied major accusations brought
The initial accusations of improper recruiting came from Mississippi sports
agent Mike Walker in March 2001.
The NCAA cleared assistant coach Shannon Weaver of offering $50,000 and an
automobile to Moore’s mother. The school was also exonerated on the charges of
offering Butler a sports utility vehicle and $70,000.
Both Moore and Butler played for AAU basketball coach Mark Komara of
Huntsville, Alabama, whom was alleged as an Auburn representative by the NCAA.
Neither player, who were high school sophomores at the time, officially
visited Auburn. The university maintains that neither received a scholarship
offer from former head coach Cliff Ellis and his staff.
Ellis was fired by the school on March 18 and former Chattanooga coach Jeff
Lebo was named the program’s new coach in early April.