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TCU Basketball Placed on Three Years Probation from FBI Sting

NCAA Basketball: Northwestern State at Texas Christian

The NCAA announced on Tuesday that TCU’s basketball program has been put on probation for three years. The decision is because of a former assistant coach Corey Barker’s NCAA violations that were uncovered as part of the FBI’s 2017 sting on college basketball. The NCAA also hit Barker with a a five-year show-cause. Additionally, TCU self-imposed a $5,000 fine plus 1% of the men’s basketball program budget as part of their punishment.

Per the report, Barker violated NCAA rules by taking a $6,000 payment to steer players toward a specific management company. Barker also provided “false or misleading information about his actions” and did not cooperate with a university investigation, according to the Division I Committee on Infractions.


Barker was fired in March of 2019, nearly a year and a half after TCU opened an investigation in October of 2017. He is currently an assistant coach at New Mexico State.

TCU is the latest program to have avoided a postseason ban from the NCAA following the 2017 sting, joining Creighton, USC and South Carolina.

We are still waiting for what will come down for the Kansas Jayhawks. The NCAA has been investigating the charges against Kansas for more than two years.

Bill Self and the Kansas program are accused of committing three Level I violations, which are the most severe the NCAA can hand out. This has led to a responsibility charge against Self and a lack of institutional control. Kansas ‘emphatically rejected’ the charges. 

This case has dragged on and at some point, the IARP will hand down a ruling. Considering that his program faces Level 1 violations, there has always been some thought that Self could absorb a suspension or lose his job as a result.

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