And the award for the vaguest story of the week goes to…the Marquette Golden Eagles! According to ESPN.com, the university’s athletic department has reported potential violations to the NCAA involving the Marquette basketball program.
“Recently, during the athletic department’s normal course of business, we discovered information regarding a possible NCAA rules violation involving our men’s basketball program,” said the university’s athletic director Larry Williams. Williams took over as AD last December, replacing Steve Cottingham, who resigned last June amidst multiple sexual assault cases involving unidentified athletes.
The violation was not specified at the time of the report, and further information regarding this incident is yet to be released.
Buzz Williams‘ squad went 27-8 last season (14-4 and second place in the Big East), and lost in the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. It was the first time the team recorded as many wins since the 2002-03 season, when Dwyane Wade dropped a triple-double in the Elite 8 against top-seeded Kentucky to get to the Final Four.
Early speculation has this being a challenging season for the Golden Eagles, having to move forward without their two best players from last season in leading scorer Darius Johnson-Odom, and Big East Player of the Year Jae Crowder.