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Post by Stonehouse on Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:35 am

There have been some grumblings about shady stuff going on at Pepperdine for a while, and now it's looking like among all that smoke there was some fire:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/basketball/la-sp-southland17jan17,1,1760639.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-coll_baske&ctrack=2&cset=true

"Pepperdine has imposed unspecified sanctions in its men's basketball program after reporting two so-called secondary rules violations to the NCAA, Athletic Director John Watson said through a spokesman.

The NCAA defines secondary violations as isolated or inadvertent violations that "provide only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage."

Watson said the NCAA had accepted Pepperdine's self-imposed sanctions but neither he nor Coach Vance Walberg returned messages seeking information about the specific violations and penalties."

I'll keep it posted with more details to come...

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Re: Pepperdine Imposes Sanctions

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Jan 17, 2008 9:40 am

The poster Wavecritic on the Pepperdine site just said that big news is about to break.

Wavecritic has some kind of connection to Walberg, so I'm believing this one.

Could the WCC really see two coaches fired midsesaon? My oh my... what is going on here?

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Post by Geezaldinho on Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:33 am

Very heavy traffic on the Pepp site. When I finally got through and clicked on "Walberg Q&A" the site crashed on me.

something must be up...

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Re: Pepperdine Imposes Sanctions

Post by Stonehouse on Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:33 am

Yep, he has resigned:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3201198

I started a thread in the main basketball page, just for easiness' sake.

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Post by thepuck on Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:11 am

So does anybody know what the actual violation was? From the fact that it was apparently a "secondary violation" makes it seem like not that big of a deal. But the fact that Walberg resigned shortly after makes it seem like something pretty big is happening.

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Post by Geezaldinho on Fri Jan 18, 2008 1:24 pm

too many visits to recruits was the official explanation. Press conference

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Post by thepuck on Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:05 pm

Thanks for pointing that out geezer. I didn't notice that press conference excerpt below.

I'm still confused about why Walberg resigned. These secondary violations don't seem like that big of a deal. Especially considering that there was no cover up, it was self reported and NCAA seems OK with the way that Pepperdine is dealing with it. I know that the press conference states that the recruiting violation and Walberg's resignation are unrelated but the timing really seems to say otherwise. Could this be a "straw that broke the camels back" kind of situation?

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