On September 20, 2017, a hearing panel of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions found that the former Pacific head men's basketball coach violated NCAA ethical conduct standards by engaging in academic misconduct and violations of recruiting rules in order for prospective student-athletes to meet eligibility requirements. The panel also found that the former head coach and two former men’s basketball staff members failed to cooperate in the investigation. Pacific was cited for failing to adequately monitor the former men’s basketball staff’s involvement in the prospects' distance learning coursework. Additionally, in the baseball program, the former head baseball coach impermissibly provided an athletic training student with a $16,000 scholarship to help with the housing costs of two baseball student-athletes, including her brother.
The panel accepted the University’s self-imposed penalties, including its withdrawal from postseason contention for the 2015-16 season, recruiting restrictions in the men's basketball program, and scholarship reductions in the men's basketball and baseball programs. The panel added a two-year probationary period and a $5,000 fine, as well as the requirement that the University vacate prior contests in which men's basketball or baseball student-athletes participated while ineligible. The panel also prescribed an eight-year show-cause order for the former head men's basketball coach (which includes a suspension of 50 percent of the first season of his employment should any NCAA school hire him during the eight-year period); an eight-year show-cause order for a former assistant men's basketball coach; and a seven-year show-cause order for a former special assistant to the head men's basketball coach.
The panel commended the University for its level of cooperation in the case, specifically citing the University’s “prompt acknowledgement and acceptance of responsibility” and its “exemplary cooperation” throughout the investigation