SMU Basketball banned from 2015-16 postseason, also loses scholarships Head coach Larry Brown to serve nine game suspension

It’s the day SMU Basketball fans have been dreading for months…

After a ‘lack of control’ charge was brought on Larry Brown and the SMU basketball program by the NCAA back in July, the punishment is finally in.

The initial penalties tweeted by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman include a postseason ban for the 2015-2016 season, head coach Larry Brown will be suspended for nine games, the program will lose nine scholarships over the next three seasons, and the program will be on probation for the next three.

(And that’s just basketball, the men’s golf team had the hammer dropped on them, as well.)

SMU becomes the third Larry Brown-coached program to become sanctioned by the NCAA (as Jesse Carr has previously highlighted). 

This round of punishments stems from an investigation of assistant coach Ulric Maligi’s involvement in ensuring junior guard Keith Frazier’s eligibility to even play at SMU coming out of Kimball High School in Dallas, TX.

Frazier was declared academically ineligible midway through the season last year, around the same time Maligi took a leave of absence from the team.

More from Goodman on SMU’s almost guaranteed appeal of the sanctions…

 For the NCAA’s full release on the sanctions, click here.

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For SMU’s statement in response to the NCAA sanctions, click here.

Comments from Larry Brown at a press conference Tuesday afternoon:

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Joey is the managing editor and staff writer for The Stable, as well as the host of the "Inside The Stable" podcast, and in his spare time he is a digital sports editor for The Dallas Morning News. He graduated from SMU in 2014, follows sports religiously, and knows for a fact Han Solo shot first...