Hoops: "Inadvertent" Violation

Harvard basketball acknowledged an inadvertent 2007 violation of NCAA recruiting policies.

The Ivy League has announced that Harvard will self-impose recruiting limits for the 2010-11 academic year after acknowledging an inadvertent "secondary" violation of the NCAA's policies of recruitment of prospective athletes.  Three years ago, assistant basketball coach Kenny Blakeney allegedly provided improper assistance to the Crimson coaching staff by observing two players who later came to Harvard and made the varsity; at the time, Blakeney had not been officially hired by Harvard. In 2008, the New York Times first reported these activities; however, a subsequent extensive review by the Ivy League cleared Harvard of any improper actions involving recruitment (see Harvard Magazine's reporting from the time here).

Head basketball coach Tommy Amaker issued the following statement: "These events occurred three years ago, and I'm pleased to bring this two-year review to a conclusion.  This extensive and comprehensive inquiry  yielded one minor and unintentional secondary.  We're excited about the  future, growth and development of our basketball program at this tremendous institution."



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