SMU's Keith Frazier claims he didn't know his work was done by secretary
Frazier had coursework done for him in the summer of 2013 by a former administrative assistant, and that transgression led to a Level I violation.
Less than 48 hours removed from his team's 2016 postseason ban, the player at the center of the SMU sanctions, Keith Frazier, is talking.
The SMU guard, who was a McDonald's All-American in 2013, spoke to ESPN.com about the NCAA's punishment of SMU. Frazier had coursework done for him in the summer of 2013 by a former administrative assistant, and that transgression led to a Level I violation.
In the NCAA's findings report, it states that administrative assistant did all of Frazier's online work -- then implored Frazier to lie to NCAA investigators a year later, when the incidents were looked into.
Frazier claims he didn't even know the work was being done by said administrative assistant.
"I didn't even know what was going on," Frazier told ESPN.com. "I didn't know she was doing that class for me. I wasn't aware of that. I know it looks that way on the outside looking in, but I didn't know."
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SMU's postseason ban will likely come under appeal by the school within the next two weeks. As to whether the appeals process will a) lead to the NCAA's ban being overturned or b) stall the decision to a 2017 ban, remains to be seen.
"The team has to go through all this and I'm in the middle of it," Frazier also told ESPN.com. "I feel for those guys. They had nothing to do with this. I feel for them and how it's affecting their lives."
SMU is considered a top-25 team for the 2015-16 season. The Mustangs have three seniors on the roster, two of them starters (Markus Kennedy and Nic Moore), who stand to play out their college careers without the tangible goal of playing postseason basketball come March.
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