Milwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Marquette coach Buzz Williams has been given a one-game suspension while assistant coach Scott Monarch was fired for violation of recruitment rules.
The university earlier reported to the NCAA that Monarch provided an unnamed recruit apparel and transportation, which were deemed as secondary violations. The Golden Eagles were also hit with the loss of an official visit due to the violations.
The school conducted an investigation the matter and several times, Monarch was caught not being forthright on multiple occasions when questioned. After the investigation, Monarch was given the option to resign or be fired.
“If Monarch had been truthful, he’d almost certainly still have a job,” one source close to the program told CBSSports.com. “These were minor things.”
Williams was found to have no knowledge of the violations but was suspended for his failure to monitor the compliance of his staff. He will sit out the Golden Eagles’ first Big East game.
“When I was allowed to review the report earlier this week, I was deeply saddened to learn of an error in judgment of one of my assistants and closest friends,” Williams said in a statement.
“I take personal responsibility for what happens in this program and realize we must be role models to both our team and the entire University. Our commitment has always been and will always be to operate this program at the highest level of integrity in the Marquette and Jesuit tradition.”
A long-time friend of Williams from their junior college days in Texas, Monarch had served as assistant coach for five seasons. He was suspended back in June and not allowed to go on the road recruiting.