Division I Men’s Basketball Committee issues reprimand to Illinois assistant
INDIANAPOLIS -- Illinois men’s basketball assistant coach Jamall Walker received a public reprimand and a two-game tournament suspension for his misconduct during the 2013 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.
Specifically, Walker made inappropriate contact with a game official and verbally confronted the game officials and a police officer following Illinois’ loss to Miami (Fla.) on March 24 in the third round of the East Region. Walker’s misconduct led the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee to issue him a two-game NCAA postseason championship suspension. The suspension shall apply to the next NCAA postseason opportunity that Walker will have as a coach, regardless of what school he represents.
NCAA guidelines define misconduct as “any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championship that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics.”
“Coach Walker’s behavior violated the expectations that championship participants act in a manner that represents the highest standards of sportsmanship,” said Ron Wellman, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and athletic director at Wake Forest. “The nature of his actions led us to issue the two-game postseason suspension.”