Fall 2010

Basketball program cleared

As the men’s basketball season was about to open, two important questions about the program were resolved.

The first was the NCAA’s announcement that it found no major violations in its review of the team. The second was the agreement between Binghamton University, the SUNY system and former men’s head basketball coach Kevin Broadus to resolve all pending issues related to Broadus’ employment.

According to a letter from NCAA Assistant Director of Enforcement Mike Zonder, “The enforcement staff does not believe that the information developed during its preliminary inquiry supports allegations of major NCAA infractions, and, absent the emergence of new information, is closing the case.”

Responding to the NCAA report, released in mid-October, Interim President C. Peter Magrath said the University “has worked diligently to address a range of issues relative to the University’s athletic program and, in particular, the men’s basketball program.

“This is a good outcome, particularly for the community and the people who have supported us,” he said.

Magrath and Interim Athletic Director James Norris said two secondary violations, both relating to impermissible travel, have been addressed and do not carry significant sanctions.

Two weeks after the NCAA report came the announcement that Broadus will be paid $1.2 million in exchange for his resignation and withdrawal of all claims and potential future lawsuits. Binghamton University will pay $819, 000 as part of his employment contract and SUNY will pay $381,000 as relinquishment of Broadus’ claims.

The team played its first game Nov. 10 under the direction of Interim Head Coach Mark Macon. The Bearcats beat East Stroudsburg 67-58 in an exhibition game.