by Walter Kraft, Published September 09, 2010
YPSILANTI - An internal investigation of Eastern Michigan University's women's basketball program has resulted in the University self-reporting four violations to the NCAA. The self-report was filed with the NCAA on Friday, Sept. 24.
The self-reported violations involve exceeding limits on practice time, improper coach involvement in voluntary practices, and two individual violations regarding prospective student athletes participating in organized workouts.
The violations were uncovered during an internal investigation conducted by the Eastern Michigan University Compliance Office over the past two months, following information received from a student athlete.
Athletic Director Derrick Gragg announced the following disciplinary action as a result of the violations:
To accommodate concerns regarding disciplinary procedures, the reference to a letter of reprimand issued to another individual has been removed from this website.
"We obviously take this matter very seriously, are cooperating fully with the NCAA and have provided a formal self report and self-imposed sanctions," said Gragg. "While I am disappointed, I am confident that Coach Gilbert will learn from this and that this will make her an even better coach in the future. The issuance of self-imposed sanctions does not preclude further disciplinary action should additional information be developed or sanctions imposed regarding the women's basketball program."
In addition to the disciplinary action involving the coaches, the following self-imposed sanctions were announced:
"The team was notified of our decision over the weekend," said Gragg. "They were disappointed, but we have a strong support team in place to help them through this. We will continue to stand by them during this process."
Assistant Coach LaTonya Tate was named acting head coach during Coach Gilbert's suspension.
In addition to the violations that were self-reported, Eastern identified information that may suggest other violations occurred.
"We have taken swift and decisive action in this matter," said Susan Martin, President of Eastern Michigan University. "We expect the best of everyone involved in a leadership capacity at EMU and will cooperate fully with the NCAA with the utmost transparency."
Documents related to this matter, including the Self-Report to the NCAA, Self-Imposed Sanctions, Disciplinary Letters to the Coaches, as well as Eastern Michigan University's Infraction Reporting Procedures are available at www.emich.edu/ncaa_violations. Additional information will be added to the site as the NCAA review of this matter progresses.