TCU is the latest men’s basketball program to be punished as part of the FBI investigation into corruption in the sport. The NCAA announced Tuesday the school would be placed on three years probation and receive a fine for violations by a former assistant coach.
According to the NCAA decision, Corey Barker “violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he accepted a $6,000 payment from a business management company in exchange for agreeing to influence student-athletes to use the company’s services.”
The release announcing the punishment also noted Barker “provided false or misleading information about his actions and failed to cooperate with the school’s investigation, according to a decision released by the Division I Committee on Infractions.”
Barker received a five-year, show-cause penalty, meaning any school employing him during that period must demonstrate why he should be allowed to be be involved in athletic activities. He currently is an assistant at New Mexico State.
Barker has the ability to appeal the punishment.
After the ruling, New Mexico State issued a statement addressing the situation.
“Since coming to our university, Coach Barker has carried himself with integrity while adhering to the policies and procedures in places at our university,” the statement said. “Additionally, he has fostered an outstanding relationship with our student-athletes and actively works with them to help meet their athletic and academic goals.”
TCU coach Jamie Dixon and the rest of the coaching staff were not implicated in the violations announced by the NCAA. The school fired Barker after the allegations were first revealed in 2019.
The TCU case was one of the remaining unresolved cases related to the FBI investigation. Yet to be decided are punishments for some of the major men’s basketball programs, including Kansas, Arizona, Louisville, LSU and Auburn.
Auburn and Arizona self-imposed NCAA tournament bans this season.
Oklahoma State received a tournament ban scheduled for this year, but that penalty is being appealed and the Cowboys were allowed to play in the postseason this year.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: TCU men’s basketball gets three years probation after FBI case