by Walter Kraft, Published August 11, 2011
Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin today announced that the University has received a Notice of Inquiry from the NCAA regarding its investigation of Eastern 's self-reported violations involving the women's basketball program. The Notice of Inquiry is formal notification from the NCAA that it is opening an investigation.
"Eastern Michigan University responded swiftly and decisively when we initially learned of this matter," said President Martin. "We self-reported the violations and instituted self-imposed sanctions after conducting our internal investigation. The well-being of our student athletes and the integrity of our athletic programs are institutional priorities. We have cooperated fully with the NCAA and will continue to do so as the investigation continues."
The NCAA first became involved when Eastern self-reported four violations, filing its report with the organization on Sept. 24, 2010. The violations were uncovered during an internal investigation initiated and conducted by the EMU Compliance Office during the summer of 2010, following up on information provided by a student athlete. (Sept. 27, 2010 news release)
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.
In the September announcement, Athletic Director Derrick Gragg announced a variety of disciplinary actions as a result of EMU's findings of NCAA violations. Those included suspending head coach AnnMarie Gilbert without pay for a month, an indefinite suspension for an assistant coach and salary freezes for Gilbert, and her coaching staff.
EMU also self-imposed cutbacks in athletically related activities and recruiting visits while tightening oversight of practice times.
In commenting on receipt of the Notice of Inquiry, Director of Athletics Derrick Gragg said, "Full compliance with all rules and regulations of the NCAA, the MAC, and Eastern Michigan University is our most important mission. We will continue to cooperate fully with the NCAA, and will work through this matter until its resolution."
The NCAA's Notice of Inquiry to President Martin along with other documents related to this matter, including Eastern's 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
Details about the NCAA's enforcement process can be found at http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/public/NCAA/Issues/Enforcement/The+Enforcement+Process