Basketball: NCAA gives Bears 2 years’ probation

Here’s our early story on NCAA sanctions levied on Cal today for 365 impermissible phone calls made to prospective recruits during a seven-month period in 2008, just after coach Mike Montgomery was hired.

Here is Cal’s response to the findings, including comments from Montgomery and athletic director Sandy Barbour.

Cal is reviewing the NCAA report, but has not determined whether it will appeal any aspects of it.

Here is a link to the NCAA website with the official 15-page report from the infractions committee.

Jeff Faraudo

  • Bob

    Does “probation” mean no postseason (including NIT, CBI, CIT) this year and next?

  • Bob

    And if it does mean no postseason this year, does that mean we wouldn’t play in the Pac 10 Tournament, so as not to risk losing the automatic bid?

  • Jeff Faraudo

    No — probation does not mean any sort of postseason ban at any time. Cal avoided that, as it avoided scholarship reduction, which also would have been a more severe penalty. Probation simply means keep your nose clean, don’t goof up again, or the penalties will be stifer.

  • ondal

    We landed De’End Parker!


  • rollonubears

    that’s big. immediate impact guy and substantial depth when you add in solomon. good stuff.

  • Calfan

    Two years probation is still severe. I take it the probation is for the men’s basketball team only and not for the athletic program as a whole.

  • Jeff Faraudo

    Just men’s basketball, CalFan. The tennis team is safe.

  • StanFan

    We’ll still trade straight up (including any and all probation problems). You can have Johnny (was he in charge of the ball boys agt Duke)Dawkins if we can have Mike back. We’ll throw in half our sensational?but not too smart freshmen.

  • Uh Huh!

    StanFan, that is funny…

  • SteveNTexas

    Horrible news and publicity.. and we didn’t even land anyone special.

  • Calfan

    It’s the publicity that’s bad. Maybe if Monty had made one of those calls, but had logged it, and offered 200k to the father of a really good player (not to the guys he was calling), we’d just gotten censured – a la Auburn. Oh wait, they didn’t even get that. NCAA fairness at its best.

  • milo

    Consider how $C stone-walled the NCAA for 2 years (over cash, cars, housing) and then hired Kiffin and what they got…this is absolutely ridiculous.

  • Uh Huh!

    I like the explanation the TV guys gave.
    Jay John was head coach. They changed the rules on him as an Asst coach. Then he comes down here as an Asst and doesn’t realize the rules are changed. That made me feel better about it.

    But…. wait a minute…. as I write this…. as Head Coach, shouldn’t John have known exactly what all the rules were for his staffers under him? This makes me think that Cal Compliance does it’s job, but that OSU apparently had so little regard for the rules that John could have been Head Coach all those years and STILL not known what the rules were. Wow.
    Credit one for Foti Melis!