Posted on: October 14, 2009 5:08 pm
Embattled Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus has been placed on an indefinite paid leave of absence, the school announced Wednesday. Assistant coach Mark Macon will take over the program on an interim basis.
The development is the latest blow to Binghamton, which made the NCAA tournament last season thanks to the recruitment of some talented but troubled prospects -- among them was Emmanuel "Tiki" Mayben, the former Syracuse recruit who was arrested last month for allegedly selling crack cocaine. Mayben was subsequently dismissed from the team along with five teammates. Then the athletic director resigned. Then the school reported recruiting violations that stemmed from Broadus contacting prospects in a no-contact period.
Macon is in his third season at Binghamton.
He's a former Temple star who was the No. 8 pick in the 1991 NBA Draft.
Posted on: September 24, 2009 12:12 am
Edited on: September 24, 2009 3:04 pm
Tiki Mayben helped Binghamton make its first NCAA tournament last March.
Now he's facing criminal charges after being arrested for possession of crack cocaine.
"He was arrested [Wednesday] after a lengthy investigation for criminal sale of a controlled substance, crack cocaine,” Sgt. Sean Kittle of the Troy (N.Y.) Police Department told the Press & Sun-Bulletin newspaper. “At the time of his arrest, he was in possession of a large quantity of crack cocaine.”
Mayben pleaded not guilty Thursday.
He is expected to post a $30,000 bail.
“I expect him to [return to] school," Mayben's attorney, Greg Cholakis, told the Press & Sun-Bulletin outside the courtroom. "I would hope and trust the team will treat him as innocent at this point.”
Mayben initially signed with Syracuse out of high school, but he never enrolled because of academics. The point guard played one year at UMass and then transferred to a junior college before playing last season at Binghamton, where he averaged 11.5 points and 4.7 assists per game.