University of the Pacific announced today that it has placed men’s basketball Head Coach Ron Verlin and Assistant Coach Dwight Young on suspension as it continues its cooperative investigation with the NCAA stemming from allegations of academic misconduct involving online coursework offered by other institutions.
“This action is commensurate with what the investigation has revealed so far,” said Athletics Director Ted Leland. “I know how hard this is on our student-athletes, their parents, our Athletics staff and our fans and supporters, but we must hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior, and fully comply with all NCAA regulations.”
Assistant Coach Mike Burns will serve as interim head coach for men’s basketball while the suspension is in effect. The length of the suspension is to be determined pending further investigation.
University of the Pacific on Oct. 8 began a prompt investigation with the NCAA after receiving information about potential academic misconduct within Athletics. The university continues to cooperate fully with the NCAA in the ongoing investigation.
The university is committed to taking whatever steps may be necessary to uphold the academic integrity of the institution. In accordance with NCAA guidelines, the university cannot comment further on the investigation at this time.