The NCAA has slowly been handing out punishments after the FBI probe into college basketball a few years ago. Creighton was one of the many teams involved and finally after years of waiting they have received their punishment. The Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball program will be put on probation for two years and the program has received a $5,000 fine. They will also be docked scholarships for the next two seasons. Former Assistant Coach Preston Murphy also received a two-year show-cause from the NCAA. There are also some other smaller penalties like reductions in recruiting benefits.
Murphy has already basically been hit with a three-year show cause, not being able to work the past three years while the NCAA has been slow to rule on the case. Murphy wasn’t arrested, no players eligibility was in question. This seems awfully excessive to me.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 22, 2021
Creighton was no accused of going as far in the alleged bribery as other schools but has been punished regardless. There are some other schools involved in the FBI probe that are likely more worried after the Tuesday ruling. The NCAA committee had the following to say about the decision.
”The violations largely stem from individuals permitting personal relationships to cloud their judgment and influence their decision-making,’ specifically, the assistant coach prioritized loyalty to his friend, the agent associate; and the athletics director looked past alarming conduct based on his trust in the assistant coach.”
The Creighton Bluejays was building a winning program the past two years with a different coaching staff, but now they are seriously hampered for the next two years. The Bluejays aren’t the first school that has faced consequences after the FBI probe and likely won’t be the last. This will continue to be a continuing problem for the NCAA and its programs.