Harris to sit out of Homecoming game after self-reporting NCAA violation

By Andrew Preston

Men’s basketball coach, Sam Harris will sit out Saturday’s Homecoming exhibition game against Mount Vernon Nazarene after the university self-reported an NCAA violation on Wednesday.

Photo provided by Trevecca Athletic Communications

“It was an administrative mistake, but we have to take all violations seriously,” Athletic Director, Mark Elliott said. “We self-reported and self-sanctioned. We took care of the issue in the right way.”

Elliott said the violation was classified by the NCAA as “secondary in nature.”

“It still is against the rules, but the violation was primarily administrative in nature,” he said.

Harris is the longest tenured coach in the athletics department, entering his 25th season with the Trojans.

After learning of the possible violation, Trevecca administrators investigated the matter. Once the violation was confirmed, administrators self-reported to the Great Midwest Athletic Conference and the NCAA.

Trevecca then submitted its suggested sanctions to both the conference and national compliance offices.

NCAA and Great Midwest officials confirmed the sanctions were appropriate and stipulated “no further action was needed,” according to a press release on tnutrojans.com

“He will serve his one game suspension,” Elliott explained. “He’s our coach going forward.”

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