Cal Men's Basketball Placed on Two Years Probation

Minor Punishments Handed Down After Self-Reported Violations

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The Cal men's basketball team was placed on two years probation on Friday for making over 300 impermissible phone calls. Having already reported the majority of the violations and self-imposed sanctions, the Bears were issued only minimal penalties by the NCAA.

"Cal self-reported this violation and they caught it," Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner Dennis Thomas, who is also the chairman of the infractions committee, said. "That's a good thing. When they caught it, then they took the appropriate action of investigating it and determining what violations had occurred."

Thomas and the infractions committee decided on minor punishments because they determined that the majority of the infractions were due to neglect as opposed to intentional circumvention of the rules. One Cal assistant was ruled to have made 212 impermissible calls while another made 107. Montgomery met with the committee in Indianapolis in December to discuss the matter.

"I believe deeply in following NCAA rules and have always promoted an atmosphere of compliance within our program," said Montgomery, a former chair of the NABC Ethics Committee. "It is gratifying to know that during our NCAA hearing in Indianapolis that there was agreement among all parties that these violations were unintentional. However, that does not excuse them, and we need to remain diligent in our efforts to remain compliant. We strive to maintain a very high standard and take this situation very seriously."

The additional penalties handed down by the NCAA were a limit of five official visits for the next two academic years as well as well as public reprimand and censure. None of the violating assistants were named in the press conference.

Cal's probation will last until Feb. 24, 2013.

Gabriel Baumgaertner covers men's basketball. Contact him at [email protected]

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