10/14/2009 6:41 PM ET
Binghamton places coach on paid leave
Broadus found to have violated NCAA rules
By Adam Zagoria / SNY.tv
Kevin Broadus led Binghamton to its first NCAA tourney berth last season, but now the program is in shambles. (AP)

Binghamton put men's basketball coach Kevin Broadus on an indefinite paid leave of absence Wednesday after he was found to have violated NCAA rules last week.

FoxSports.com reported that Broadus had spoken with two student-athletes at Fitchburg (Mass.) Notre Dame Prep on October 6, one day after the NCAA contact period had ended.

This incident was the latest black eye for a Binghamton program in the midst of a national scandal after one player, Emanuel "Tiki" Mayben, was caught distributing crack cocaine and five other players, including former Rutgers guard Corey Chandler, were dismissed from the program.

"There have been continuing incidents of concern related to the men's basketball program that do not measure up to Binghamton University's high standards," interim athletic director James Norris said in a statement. "After discussions with President Lois B. DeFleur and Vice President James Van Voorst, earlier today I placed Coach Kevin Broadus on paid leave of absence from his head coaching duties until further notice. Additionally, Coach Broadus has assured me of his cooperation with the upcoming athletic program audit being conducted by the Honorable Judith Kaye, retired."

Assistant coach Mark Macon will assume head coaching duties on an interim basis.

Broadus led Binghamton to a 23-9 record last season and the university's first appearance in the NCAA tournament.

Notre Dame players Michael Glenn and Antoine Myers told FoxSports.com that Broadus spoke to both of them at the school October 6, the first day of the evaluation period.

"I couldn't believe it," one assistant coach in attendance told FoxSports.com. "He [Broadus] was leaving and he took the two kids down the hallway up the stairs. They came out and both kids had business cards in their hands. I was shocked."

The coach initially denied it, but the school later announced it was self-reporting an NCAA violation.

"We immediately placed corrective actions on the coach and his staff. The campus is reviewing the facts to determine if additional actions are necessary," Norris said last week.

"The campus also provided copies of the NCAA self-report to Chancellor (Nancy) Zimpher and Judge Kaye."

Binghamton athletic director Dr. Joel Thirer resigned October 1 after the six players were dismissed from the team.

At that point, DeFleur and Zimpher opted to let Broadus keep his job despite a history of recruiting players from a Philadelphia diploma mill to Georgetown and then to Binghamton.

Also on Broadus' watch, one player stole condoms from a Wal-Mart and then beat up a 66-year old woman; while another player beat a Binghamton student into a coma in a bar fight.

Adam Zagoria is a regular contributor to SNY.tv. Read his blog at ZagsBlog.com and follow him on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AdamZagoria.
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