NCAA suspends Walker

NCAA suspends Walker

Illini basketball assistant gets reprimanded for behavior in Illinois' NCAA tournament loss to Miami.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Illini basketball assistant Jamall Walker was reprimanded by the NCAA on Friday. He received a two-game NCAA tournament suspension for his behavior after Illinois' loss to Miami in the 2013 NCAA tournament. The suspension applies to postseason games, not the regular season.

According to a NCAA release, "Walker made inappropriate contact with a game official and verbally confronted the game officials and a police officer following Illinois’ loss to Miami" back in March. This was the same game when, late in the second half, officials ruled Illinois tipped a ball out of bounds and gave Miami possession. However, replays indicate Miami's Kenny Kadji was the last to touch it. Therefore, officials should have given possession to the Illini.

Walker released a brief statement through a spokesperson: "I accept the NCAA’s penalty regarding this matter and am ready to move forward."

Walker's suspension will take effect during his next NCAA tournament game. If his team is one-and-done, he must still sit out the second game in a future NCAA Tournament event. Walker must serve the full suspension, regardless of what school he represents in the future.

Illinois head basketball coach John Groce also released a statement: ""We have great respect for the game of basketball and the NCAA, and take pride in demonstrating good sportsmanship. After doing its due diligence, the NCAA has decided on this penalty. It is an unfortunate situation, but we accept the penalty and will move on."

“Coach Walker’s behavior violated the expectations that championship participants act in a manner that represents the highest standards of sportsmanship,” Ron Wellman, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, said in a statement. “The nature of his actions led us to issue the two-game postseason suspension.”

Click here to read the NCAA's full press release on Walker's suspension
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