Southeast Missouri State University Places Edgar on Administrative Leave

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 9, 2008 – Southeast Missouri State University has received a Notice of Allegations (NOA) from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) concerning possible major violations involving the men’s basketball program.

The allegations were outlined in a letter to Southeast President Kenneth W. Dobbins from David Price, the NCAA’s vice president for enforcement.  The letter was received by the University Oct. 6, 2008.

Due to the serious nature of these allegations, Head Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Edgar has been placed on administrative leave until the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions hears the case and releases their findings.  While on administrative leave, Edgar will retain the title of head coach, and an acting head coach will assume all coaching duties and all related job responsibilities.  An acting men’s head basketball coach will be named in the near future.

In the NCAA NOA, the University was given until Jan. 2, 2009, to file formal written responses.  The NCAA Committee on Infractions will consider the responses and then decide if allegations are substantiated and what penalties should be imposed.  It is anticipated that this case will be considered by the committee at either its Feb. 20-21 or April 17-18, 2009, meetings.

According to Dobbins, “Southeast is extremely disappointed with these allegations. We consider the allegations of NCAA infractions regarding our men’s basketball program to be a matter of significant concern.  Given the serious nature of the allegations, we believed we needed to take immediate action in the best interests of the program.  We have in the past and will in the future cooperate fully with the NCAA’s  ongoing investigation.”

In the spring of 2008, the University began reviewing information brought to its attention concerning potential violations of the NCAA legislation in the men’s and women’s basketball programs.  Southeast conducted several interviews and thereafter contacted the NCAA Enforcement staff.  Southeast and the NCAA subsequently conducted several joint interviews. 

According to Dobbins, “Since there continues to be an ongoing NCAA investigation, the University and its employees will have no further comment until the NCAA Committee on Infractions issues its findings.”