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NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

Posted on: February 24, 2012 4:01 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2012 4:07 pm
Greenberg is un-hirable for the next five years. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

The NCAA's Committee on Infractions formally handed out some heavy punishments on Radford and its former head coach, Brad Greenberg, Friday. In addition to a token "public reprimand," Radford was put on two years' probation and tacked with a reduction of two scholarship and official paid visits.

The school's probation started Feb. 24 and will go through Feb. 23, 2014. It was also vacated wins -- all four of them from the 2010-11 season.

Greenberg was given a five-year show-cause, one of the heaviest penalties in terms of length a coach can receive, while some of his former assistants were docked with two-year show-causes for any off-campus recruiting. Greenberg and Masse Doumbe's (the player in relation to this case) names are intentionally and specifically omitted in the public report.


Greenberg, the brother of Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg, was fired last May in the wake of a 5-24 season. He served a four-game suspension from the school at end of last year, when it was discovered he and his assistant coaches helped with travel for Doumbe, who was ineligible at the time. The reason he's being punished so harshly is because the NCAA discovered he was lying during its investigation, not because Doumbe found his way onto an airplane with the team.

Greenberg's essentially blacklisted from coaching in college for the next five years because he tried to help an ineligible player — then tried to get that player, Doumbe, to cover it up with him when the NCAA asked about it. For some perspective, the most recent show-cause penalty handed out by the NCAA was a three-year one to Bruce Pearl after he, like Greenberg, was caught lying during an investigation.

The cover-up is worse than the crime, primarily because the NCAA can now catch lying coaches more frequently than blatantly cheating ones.

“These reports speak for themselves,” Greg Sankey, associate commissioner of Southeastern Conference and Committee on Infractions member said in reference to the collusion.

The NCAA’s case initially centered on recruiting and the inducement and benefits, from four former coaches and the school, as well as Greenberg. Sankey said the case became more serious once Radford was found to be concealing information, as well as providing false/misleading information, from the NCAA during its investigation — and that he was imploring Doumbe to do the same.

Those violations became “the essence of this case,” according to Sankey, as they are directly in conflict with what the NCAA considers to be a coach’s responsibility from a moral and ethical standpoint. Radford University stood side by side with the NCAA on this stance and is not fighting the charges.

“Unlike the coaches, the institution and its administrators were commended that they cooperated fully,” Sankey said. “The NCAA and Radford were in agreement in most penalties.”


Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:53 pm

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

Shake my head

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:50 am

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

They should have cheated and lied like the osu...
and given themselves a self imposed penalty...

had a pompous president for the university
had the lying cheating coach get an in state job as a vice president and sell his preaching books and tours
had the player signed in the pros and make millions

and then go out and spend 40 million for a new arrogant coach 

They should have done it just like the Bucklies

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:49 am

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

Radford cheated and still lost a bunch of games? Now THAT'S the definition of a loser!

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:32 am

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

Usually people cheat to win, this guy cheated to be 5-24. His next appearance will be on TruTV's World's Dumbest.

Since: Dec 8, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:27 am

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

I imagine we are reading half the story.   VPI better put their radar on. 

Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:28 pm

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

Radford's reputation is built not on basketball, not on football, not on lacrosse but on the umm... ladies that attend there.  It's a party school.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:01 pm

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

Typical NCAA: hammer the little guy so that they can brag about how "serious" they are about enforcement.  Meanwhile, dirty football programs like Ohio State, USC, and Alabama get "punishments" so pathetic that they are in the hunt for championships a year or two later.  When the NCAA does a bona fide investigation about how teams like Duke and UNC get rosters full of McDonald's All-Americans every year, I will be a lot more likely to believe that they are actually serious about enforcement.  

At the present time, "enforcement" consists of nuking the little guys, while letting the big revenue-producers off by making them pinky-swear not to do it again.  

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:13 pm

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

So I had to Google Radford. So what? I honestly had never heard of it. Actually sounds like a very good school. Now try and find it.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 5:00 pm

NCAA hands harsh punishment out to Radford

This shows the NCAA is really tough on violators. Radford, with this action, is officially out of the mix for awhile.
UK and Kansas can breathe a lot easier now.,

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