Thursday , Jul , 08 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Villanova basketball placed on two years’ probation

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) – The NCAA has placed the Villanova men’s
basketball program on two years’ probation for minor violations.

The team, though, will not face a post-season ban or loss of scholarships, as
the review found no ethical conduct issues and no lack of institutional

The violations, considered secondary, included unauthorized phone use by
players in March of 2003. The school suspended 12 players for using a school
access code to make long-distance phone calls.

Other violations included contact with prospective players at the home of head
coach Jay Wright, as well as arranging transportation for prospects.

“I take responsibility for our program,” said Wright. “We take the Villanova
tradition and the integrity of Villanova very seriously. This was a case where
our basketball staff acted ethically and with the correct intentions. We are
going to do a better job in the future. Our basketball program will be
stronger in the future for having gone through this.”