On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, SMU received a report from the NCAA Committee on Infractions regarding alleged violations in our Department of Athletics dating to 2013. The issuance of the report concludes another step in a process that began in 2013 and included a Notice of Inquiry in May 2013, a Notice of Allegations issued in November 2014 and an appearance by SMU leadership before the Committee on Infractions in June 2015.
The Committee on Infractions found that three former staff members committed violations of NCAA Bylaws – one within the athletics compliance department, one within the men’s basketball program and one in the men’s golf program. The Committee also found that Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Brown failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the program. The full COI report can be found at www.smu.edu/news/ncaa.
SMU is reviewing the full report to determine if the University will appeal any findings and/or penalties. We are particularly concerned about sanctions that are punitive against student-athletes who were not involved in any infractions. According to NCAA Bylaws, SMU has 15 days to notify the Committee on Appeals or an intention to file an appeal.
The NCAA noted SMU’s “prompt acknowledgement of the violation, acceptance of responsibility, imposition of meaningful corrective measures, and affirmative steps to expedite final resolution of the matter.”
Men’s Football: The SMU football team returns to Ford Stadium for the 2015 Spring Game & Mustang Fan Fair on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m. Introducing the Chad Morris era on the Hilltop, the game will give fans a glimpse into #PonyUpTempo football. In addition to the action on the field, the stadium will have bouncy houses, food trucks, faceprinting and a photo booth. For more information, visit the event webpage.
Men’s Golf: The Mustangs closed the Mason Rudolph Championship in seventh place behind a 2-under 69 from junior Ryan Burgess on Sunday, April 5, at the Vanderbilt Legends Club. Next, SMU will visit Columbus, Ohio for the Robert Kepler Invitational for a two-day tournament beginning on Saturday, April 11.
Women’s Golf: After carding their lowest team score (one-under 287), the SMU women’s golf team jumped two spots up the leaderboard for a 4th-place finish at the Anuenue Spring Classic on Wednesday, March 25, in Kapalua, Hawaii. The Mustangs shot 14-over (878:299, 292, 287) in the 54-hole event for their fourth top-five finish this season. Next, the Mustangs will have a two-week hiatus before hosting their only tournament of the season. The two-day DAC/SMU Invitational begins on Friday, April 10, at the Dallas Athletic Club.
Women’s Rowing: Coming away with the win over Kansas in 1st Varsity 8+ action, the SMU women’s rowing team hosted a three-team event on White Rock Lake on Saturday, April 4. The Mustangs finished in 7:37.5, outpacing Kansas, which clocked a 7:44.4 in the race. Next, the Mustangs host Tulsa for the annual Lawless Cup on Saturday, April 18.
Women’s Soccer: With junior Lissi Lonsberry scoring a pair of goals, the SMU women’s soccer team defeated Texas Women’s University, 3-0, on Wednesday, April 1, at Westcott Field. Next, the Mustangs host Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. at Westcott Field.
Men’s Swimming & Diving: After earning All-American honors in the three-meter, senior diver Devin Burnett placed 21st in the platform competition at the NCAA Championship at the University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation & Wellness Center on Saturday, March 28. Burnett is SMU’s first All-American diver since Matthew Culbertson in 2009.
Women’s Swimming & Diving: SMU senior Isabella Arcila posted the second fastest time in school history in the 100-yard freestyle during the NCAA Swimming and Diving Competition at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. While the Mustangs’ 2014-15 team schedule comes to a close with the completion of the Championship, select individuals will compete at the Mesa Grand Prix on April 15-18.
Men’s Tennis: The SMU men’s tennis teamfell to American Athletic conference foe and 22nd-ranked USF, 4-3, on Friday, April 3, at Turpin Stadium in the Brookshire Family Pavilion, SMU Tennis Complex. Next, the Mustangs host crosstown rival and 10th-ranked TCU on Wednesday, April 8 at 6 p.m. at the SMU Tennis Complex.
Women’s Tennis: The SMU women’s tennis teamfell to American Athletic Conference foe Memphis, 4-0, on Friday, April 3, at the Racquet Club of Memphis. Next, the Mustangs remain on the road for another conference matchup against rival Houston on Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.
Women’s Track: Five SMU distance runners competed in the Stanford Invitational on Friday, April 3, at Stanford University’s Cobb Track. Setting a new top mark in the American Athletic Conference this season, Holly Archer led the Mustangs with a fifth-place finish in her 1,500-meter heat (4:26.29). Next, the Mustangs will compete in the Mt. SAC Invitational April 16-18.
The XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut, hosted a heavyweight title fight between the SMU Mustangs and the Connecticut Huskies on Sunday, March 15. Jumping in front of UConn early, SMU dominated the defending NCAA champions 62-54 to win the American Athletic Conference tournament and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Seeded sixth, the Mustangs (27-6) face UCLA (20-13) on Thursday, March 19 in Louisville in their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993. A year ago, SMU was left out of the field after losing to Houston in the AAC quarterfinals.
In his third season with SMU, Head Coach Larry Brown will make his first appearance in the NCAA tournament since he coached Kansas to a national title in 1988. As the only coach to win an NCAA trophy and an NBA title, Brown previously took UCLA to the NCAA tournament twice and Kansas five times before heading to the NBA and later SMU.
Seven of SMU’s 15 athletic teams rated a perfect 100 percent, and the men’s basketball and football teams ranked in the top three among Conference USA schools in Graduation Success Rates (GSR), according to data released by the NCAAOct. 27, 2010.
The programs that scored 100 percent were men’s and women’s tennis, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s soccer, cross country and track.
In addition, all 15 of SMU’s programs rated by the NCAA were equal to or better than the national average. While SMU sponsors 17 sports, the NCAA issues a GSR for 15 of its programs, combining track and cross country and not rating SMU’s equestrian program.
Among C-USA schools, the SMU football team ranked 3rd, while men’s basketball rated 2nd.
The GSR is an NCAA measurement that includes transfer data in calculations of the federally-mandated graduation rate. The data is taken from the four-class aggregate of entering classes from 2000 through 2003, for which the NCAA has compiled sport-by-sport GSR and the comparable graduation rate using the federally mandated methodology.
The NCAA Division I Committee on Athletics Certification has announced that SMU and 13 other colleges and universities have been certified as part of the NCAA‘s regularly-scheduled, ongoing athletics certification process.
The “certified” designation means that SMU operates its athletics program in substantial conformity with operating principles adopted by the Division I membership of the NCAA. Certification is meant to ensure integrity in the institution’s athletics program and to assist institutions in improving their athletics departments. The NCAA membership mandated athletics certification in 1993, and each of the NCAA’s 335 Division I institutions undergoes the self-study every 10 years. SMU is among the first schools to complete the process a third time.
The certification process involves a thorough self-study led by an institution’s president or chancellor. SMU’s began in March 2008, when President R. Gerald Turner appointed Marc Peterson, director of financial aid, to chair SMU’s Certification Committee. The self-study included a review of several primary issues, including governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; equity; and student-athlete well-being.
“The NCAA Certification process is very thorough and touches all the various parts of the university that interact with athletics,” said Dr. Turner. “The self-study identified many strengths and also established areas for improvement and growth. In the end, it was valuable for not only SMU Athletics, but for SMU as a whole.”
In May 2009, SMU submitted its initial report to the NCAA Certification Committee, which reviewed it and identified areas for clarification. In late September 2009, the committee sent a peer-review team to Dallas. The team filed a report with the Certification Committee, which announced the final certification decision in April.
“The NCAA’s recertification validates our ongoing efforts to deliver excellence in sports, in academics, and in the way we operate as a department and as a university,” said SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. “We want to thank everyone involved in this certification process. I especially want to thank and recognize Marc Peterson for his excellent work. We are extremely grateful for his dedication.”
Therese Svendsen (left) was named Conference USA Swimmer of the Week for her performance in the Missouri Grand Prix Feb. 12-14, 2010. She posted NCAA “B” qualifying times in the 100- and 200- LC meter backstrokes, and her time of 1:02.84 in the 100 was good for first-place honors. This is her first Swimmer of the Week honor of the season and second of her career. SMU returns to the pool Feb. 24 in Houston as part of the Conference USA Championships. The Mustangs have won all four previous C-USA titles since joining the league in 2005-06. Read more.
Junior tennis player Artem Baradach (right) received his first Conference USA Player of the Week honor for his performance against Southern Miss Feb. 13, 2010 – in which he earned a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory in the No. 1 singles slot against Patricio Alvarado, ranked No. 11 in the Southern Region. Currently ranked 71st in the nation, Baradach moved the Mustangs to a 5-3 overall record and 1-1 in the conference. SMU will return to action at 3 p.m. Feb. 20 against Cameron in SMU’s Turpin Tennis Center. Read more.
SMU Athletics Director Steve Orsini has been appointed to the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, as announced by the NCAA. Orsini and Scott Barnes, A.D. at Utah State, both received 5-year appointments that begin Sept. 1, 2010.
The 10-member committee consists of athletics directors and commissioners of Division I member institutions and conferences and oversees administration of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including the selection, seeding and bracketing of teams for the tournament. The committee is the primary NCAA contact with CBS Sports, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and other key organizations. Members also serve as stewards for the good of the game, monitoring and taking action as appropriate regarding issues affecting college basketball. Read more.