TCU senior guard Damion Baugh missed the first two games of the season as part of a six-game suspension imposed by the NCAA for signing with an NBA certified agent after last season.
TCU coach Jamie Dixon said his guard had self-reported the incident by telling the coaching staff, which then informed the school’s compliance office.
Dixon and the team announced Baugh’s absence before their game on Monday night that the NCAA had hit Baugh with the suspension. He will be eligible to return Nov. 30, when TCU hosts Providence.
“It did not include any benefits, lasted for a matter of days and was handled the right way internally,” Dixon said. “While we believe the penalty to be too severe, we accept the suspension.”
Baugh joined the program prior to the 2021-22 season from Memphis and averaged 10.6 points and 4.5 rebounds for the Frogs. He was also fourth in the Big 12 with 4.5 assists per game.
TCU’s 2-0 start includes wins over Arkansas Pine-Bluff and Lamar, while the Horned Frogs are taking on Northwestern State on Monday night.
The Horned Frogs have high expectations coming into the season with their Top 25 ranking. Last season, TCU reached the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament where they took No. 1 seed Arizona into overtime before falling 85-80.