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Shaka Smart talks academic investigation of Texas basketball program

Posted June 22nd, 2015



Shaka Smart made his first official comment Monday regarding the school’s outside investigation of the Longhorn basketball program.

As expected, he didn’t say much on the Big 12 men’s basketball teleconference.


“To be honest, my focus is on our guys moving forward,” Smart said.
“I just got here two months ago.”

Last week, UT president Gregory L Fenves announced that the school had hired Gene Marsh, a former chairman of the NCAA infractions committee, to review all of the academic services of the Longhorns athletic program.

The review was prompted by a report in the Chronicle of Higher Education that reported allegations of misconduct involving three men’s basketball players dating back to 2006.

A former academic adviser told the Chronicle that a math instructor informed him that basketball player Martez Walker cheated on a test, but was allowed to pass. Walker has since transferred.

There also were allegations that P.J. Tucker received extra help on a paper while he was preparing for the NBA draft and that an academic mentor helped write papers for J’Covan Brown.

The three played for now former coach Rick Barnes.





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