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Texas A&M Basketball Placed on Probation by NCAA

Texas A&M Basketball has been placed on a two-year probation by the NCAA for multiple rules violations under head coach Buzz Williams. Williams, the 2020 SEC Coach of the Year, will serve a two-game suspension to open the 2021-22 college basketball season. The violations in question were related to impermissible contact with recruits and violations of offseason workout rules. Texas A&M self-reported these violations back in June 2020. At the time, the athletic department suspended the assistant coach who was responsible for the infractions. The NCAA handed down further sanctions.

Texas A&M will lose five official visits in 2021-22, seven recruiting days in 2021-22, and pay a $5,000 fine, among some other penalties. Part of the NCAA’s statement on the infractions read as follows:

According to the agreement, the head coach violated head coach responsibility rules when he did not promote an atmosphere of compliance because of his personal involvement in the violations and because he did not monitor his staff’s involvement in violations.

NCAA Statement on Texas A&M Basketball Infractions

In the grand scheme of things, these offseason workouts were minor rule infractions from Texas A&M.

Buzz Williams enters his third season as the head coach of Texas A&M. They finished 13th of 14 teams in the SEC and did not make the 2021 NCAA Tournament

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