Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:23 am
Edited on: September 10, 2011 10:26 am

NCAA Infractions committee chief steps down

Dennis Thomas, chairman of the powerful NCAA infractions committee, has stepped down citing personal reasons.

The commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference cited "unforeseen personal reasons" in leaving the committee after five years.

The infractions committee is responsible for hearing cases of wrongdoing handed over from the enforcement department. The nine-person committee then decides penalties. Thomas had been criticized lately for his knowledge of the cases and being evasive during media conference calls regarding recent cases.

For the first time in recent memory last month, that traditional media conference call was split up between two committee members. Thomas was assisted by committee vice-chair Britton Banowsky during the call to announce the Tennessee penalties in late August.

Banowsky will now take over as interim chair and is assumed to be in charge when the Ohio State penalties are announced, possibly later this year. Thomas, 58, had overseen the high profile USC and Florida State cases among others.

During his nine years with the MEAC two of Thomas' schools were slapped with major football violations within three months of each other in 2006.

Banowsky, 51, has been Conference USA commissioner since 2002. He has a law degree from Oklahoma. His father was president of Pepperdine and Oklahoma. 

Posted on: March 19, 2009 1:22 pm
Edited on: March 19, 2009 1:23 pm

Matador alert from Kansas City

 Let's get a snapshot of the Cal State Northridge team that trails Memphis 34-31 at halftime in the first game of the day here in Kansas City.

You won't believe it. I didn't ...

The leading scorer Deon Tresvant hasn't been with the team since January and his facing felony and burglary charges.

That's nothing. Tresvant was involved in alleged scheme at a Best Buy with coach Bobby Braswell's son Jeffrey.

Coach Bobby Braswell and player Josh Jenkins were involved in separate but serious car accidents.

There are nine transfers. Only one player, Rob Haynes, has been at the school for four years.

Forward Willie Galick transferred from Pepperdine where the former coach Vance Malberg resigned after reports surfaced that he has humiliating players and making them suck their thumbs.

Senior Rodrigue Mels wanted to go to Gonzaga like former teammate Ronny Turiaf. But Mels couldn't speak English well enough. He played three seasons at Tony Parker's high school in Paris and was born on the Carribean Island of Guadaloupe

Guard Mark Hill transferred from Tulsa and became eligible at midseason. Eight games later Jenkins got injured in the crash and Hill took over.

Junior Kenny Daniels has been at three jucos and once played for the No. 1-ranked high school team in the country, St. Louis Vashon. The school had to forfeit a state title later because of wrongdoing by former coach Floyd Irons.

Reserve Michale Lizarraga is deaf.


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