Seton Hall head basketball coach Kevin Willard has been suspended for two games by the university.
According to multiple reports, the suspension is the result of an investigation into possible tampering back in 2017 with the transfer of Taurean Thompson from Syracuse.
Seton Hall released the following statement before Pirates exhibition game tonight:
“Seton Hall University has been working collaboratively with the NCAA enforcement staff to address an infraction within our men’s basketball program. Our department has been proactive in our review and has been fully cooperating with the NCAA enforcement staff. As head coach, Coach Willard assumes responsibility for the program, including this underlying violation, and has agreed to sit out the October 29 exhibition contest and the November 5 game. This matter is still in review, and as a result, we will refrain from commenting any further until it is resolved. Seton Hall is and always will be committed to a culture of compliance, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure it.”
Seton Hall assistant coach Grant Billmeier coached the team tonight in their exhibition win vs Misercordia, and will continue to run practices during Willard’s absence. Billmeier will be at the helm again on November 5th when the 12th ranked Pirates host Wagner.