Walker reprimanded, penalized by NCAA

Walker reprimanded, penalized by NCAA

INDIANAPOLIS — Illinois assistant coach Jamall Walker on Friday was publicly reprimanded by the NCAA and suspended for the next two NCAA tournament games he has the opportunity to coach in response to Walker confronting game officials following Illinois' NCAA tournament loss to Miami in March.

According the the NCAA release, Walker made inappropriate contact with a game official and verbally confronted the officials and a police officer at the Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, following the game on March 24.

The NCAA defines misconduct as any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law occuring 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,” Ron Wellman, chair of the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and athletic director at Wake Forest said. “The nature of his actions led us to issue the two-game postseason suspension.”

Illinois coach John Groce and Walker issued statements regarding the matter today.

"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," Groce said.

"I accept the NCAA's penalty regarding this matter and am ready to move forward," Walker said.

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IlliniMike05 wrote on August 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

How about the official who couldn't see right in front of him what everyone else in the building or watching on TV could see, that the ball went off Kenny Kadji's arm?

How about the rules committee that reprehensibly needed such a shameful incident to force their hand to make such plays reviewable in the future?

Any news on how long they're suspended for? 

Also, Ron Wellman, the "nature of your actions" should have gotten you fired a long time ago. I really don't want someone who's enough of an idiot to keep Jeff Bzdelik employed making decisions that affect other programs. God, I hate the NCAA.

Moonpie wrote on August 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

And so a ref's shortcomings justify the coach acting like a thug? Wow!

IlliniMike05 wrote on August 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Yes, because that's definitely what I said.

And when you say "thug" referring to a black dude, you know the rest of us know what word you REALLY want to use, right?

Seriously, step in front of a bus. 

jdstieg wrote on August 16, 2013 at 7:08 pm

Amen to that.  And make it a big bus.  Going very fast.

All Trump wrote on August 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm

Thug:

noun

1.a cruel or vicious ruffian, robber, or murderer.

IlliniMike & JD - There is nothing racist about using the term thug.  Al Capone was a thug.  I think you two need to look in the mirror if that's the trigger you get from that word...