University Reports Violations In Men's Basketball To NCAA
Aug. 24, 2012
Assistant men’s basketball coach Scott Monarch has been dismissed, head coach Buzz Williams announced today. Monarch was found to have been untruthful with department administrators on multiple occasions after it was discovered he knowingly committed violations involving a prospective student-athlete.
Additionally, Coach Williams has accepted a one-game suspension for the team’s first BIG EAST Conference game in recognition of his duty to monitor the compliance of his staff, and the program will have its official visits reduced for the next calendar year. The penalties are self-imposed as part of the university’s report of the violations submitted to the NCAA. The university retained Bond, Schoeneck and King, nationally recognized for its collegiate sports practice, to assist with the investigation and liaison with the NCAA.
“When I was allowed to review the report earlier this week, I was deeply saddened to learn of an error in judgment of one of my assistants and closest friends,” said Coach Williams. “I take personal responsibility for what happens in this program and realize we must be role models to both our team and the entire University. Our commitment has always been and will always be to operate this program at the highest level of integrity in the Marquette and Jesuit tradition.”
Monarch provided team-issued apparel and transportation to a prospective student-athlete. When questioned, he provided misleading information about the matter multiples times, before eventually acknowledging his actions. He had been on suspension from all duties since mid-June.
“This situation reinforces the need to be focused not only on our rich competitive history but most importantly on the core values that underpin this very unique program – among the elite in the nation,” said Larry Williams, Vice President and Director of Athletics. “It was our obligation to take strong decisive steps as we took this matter extremely seriously. The NCAA has made the role of institutions quite clear in its proposed legislative changes to the penalty structure.”