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NCAA hits ex-Penn coach Allen with 15-year penalty

Field Level Media
27 Feb 2020, 06:40 GMT+10

The NCAA issued a 15-year show-cause penalty to former Penn men coach Jerome Allen on Wednesday for accepting at least $250,000 from a prospect's father to train, recruit and help the player gain admission to the school.

The NCAA's Division I Committee on Infractions also said any school that wants to hire Allen after the penalty expires must suspend him for the first 50 percent of the season.

The Ivy League program was also placed on probation for two years and fined $5,000. The Quakers also received recruiting restrictions, including a three-week ban on all basketball recruiting communications this May and June.

The school issued a statement acknowledging that it had fully cooperated with NCAA enforcement staff.

"While Penn Athletics and its men's basketball program accept the penalties handed down by the NCAA, it is unfortunate that this process did not fully differentiate wrongdoing for personal gain versus wrongdoing for competitive gain in penalizing the institution in addition to the involved individual," read the statement.

"The University of Pennsylvania was harmed by the actions of its former head coach and the men's basketball program received no competitive advantage. We are hopeful that this case will lead to changes in how the NCAA processes similar situations moving forward."

Allen, 47, resigned as the coach at Penn in March 2015 after compiling a 65-104 record in six seasons at his alma mater. He has been an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics since July 2015.

In October 2018, Allen pleaded guilty to one felony count of money laundering after he admitted taking money from businessman Philip Esformes to help his son get into Penn. A federal judge in Miami sentenced Allen to four years of probation and ordered him to pay more than $200,000 in fines.

--Field Level Media

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