Texas Southern gets postseason ban from NCAA

Texas Southern will be ineligible for postseason play in men's basketball for the 2012-13 season as part of NCAA sanctions announced Tuesday.

The NCAA's report said the university allowed 129 student-athletes in 13 sports during seven academic years to compete and receive financial aid and travel expenses when they were ineligible. The athletic department has been placed on five years of probation until October 2017.

Former men's basketball coach Tony Harvey, who resigned after the 2011-12 season for personal reasons, was cited for unethical conduct after providing false or misleading information during the NCAA's investigation. He was issued a three-year show-cause order as part of the penalties.

Other penalties for the men's basketball team include a reduction of two scholarships from 13 to 11 over the next three academic years, a vacation of records from 2006-07 through 2009-10 and recruiting reductions over the next two years.

The NCAA Infractions Committee said Texas Southern was a double repeat violator, as the school has either been on probation or had violations for 16 of the past 20 years.

The football program, which competes at the FCS level, was also hit hard after the NCAA said former coach Johnnie Cole "knowingly allowed a booster to recruit" for the program.

A postseason ban was issued for the football program in 2013 and 2014, while scholarships were limited for four years. The school, for safety reasons because of its reductions in scholarships, can only play against FCS opposition during the probationary period.

The NCAA also mentioned a maneuver by Harvey and Cole to place two student- athletes under football scholarships to circumvent previous basketball limits.

After Harvey's resignation, Texas Southern hired former Indiana and UAB coach Mike Davis as his replacement on an interim basis.