By The Associated Press
HATTIESBURG — The NCAA has put Southern Mississippi on four years of probation and given the men’s tennis program a one-year postseason ban after citing the school with failure to monitor the tennis program.
Two former Southern Miss tennis coaches were cited for unethical conduct after the NCAA said they promised impermissible benefits to athletes — including offering $5,000 and the use of a car to one athlete — and engaging in academic misconduct. The NCAA also ruled that one of the coaches asked a player to lie during the investigation.
The NCAA said the coaches refused to cooperate during its investigation and withheld information during the school’s internal investigation.
The program’s probation period runs from Jan. 30, 2013 to Jan. 29, 2017.