SUNY Brockport wrestling placed on 3-year probation
BROCKPORT, N.Y. (WHEC) — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has found former SUNY Brockport men’s wrestling head coach Don Murray committed NCAA practice violations and its penalties include three years probation for the school’s wrestling program.
Murray also taught wrestling physical education as a professor of kinesiology at SUNY Brockport. However, the NCAA said it found he used his role as a wrestling physical education teacher to start practice before the official date by the NCAA. The practices also occurred before student-athletes underwent any medical examinations or evaluations.
The classes happened from the 2017-18 academic year to the 2020-21 academic year when Murray taught two classes called "Introductory Wrestling" and "Intermediate Wrestling."
In addition, the NCAA said Murray held off-campus practices during the COVID-19 pandemic which went against code.
As a result, the Division III Committee on Infractions prescribed SUNY Brockport a variety of different penalties and corrective measures, including a self-imposed $2,500 fine and three years probation of the program.
Murray can also not coach for an NCAA program for the next three years due to a show-cause order.
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In 2020, SUNY Brockport suspended its wrestling program due to COVID-19 policy violations.