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Binghamton University’s response to recent activities relating to the men’s basketball team

There is a situation within the athletics program regarding the behavior of several members of the men’s basketball team. As the University reviews the situation, we will continue to provide updates.

To date, the following statements have been issued:

October 14, 2009

Statement from James Norris, interim athletic director

There have been continuing incidents of concern related to the men’s basketball program that do not measure up to Binghamton University’s high standards. After discussions with President Lois B. DeFleur and Vice President James Van Voorst, earlier today I placed Coach Kevin Broadus on paid leave of absence from his head coaching duties until further notice. Additionally, Coach Broadus has assured me of his cooperation with the upcoming athletic program audit being conducted by the Honorable Judith Kaye, retired.
 
Assistant Coach Mark Macon will assume the duties of head coach on an interim basis. He is an excellent coach and I have every confidence in his ability to provide strong leadership to the team. Our players have worked very hard in preparing for the upcoming season and I am looking forward to working with Mark in guiding the basketball program in a positive and successful direction.   

October 8, 2009

Statement from SUNY Chancellor after meeting with President DeFleur

Albany - The State University of New York is committed to a comprehensive review and investigation of all aspects of the Binghamton University Athletic Program.

This review and investigation, which will be conducted under the auspices of the Executive Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees, must be led by an individual of unquestioned experience, skill and integrity.

We are pleased that the Honorable Judith Kaye, Retired Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, our State's highest court, has agreed to lead the review and investigation. Judge Kaye, who retired from the bench at the end of 2008, is now of counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City.

We anticipate Judge Kaye will provide the Board of Trustees with a report and recommendations that will enable us to address all issues related to the Binghamton athletic program and restore full public confidence in the University.

“I am pleased to be assisting the State University of New York in this important matter,” Judge Kaye stated. “I look forward to working with the SUNY Board of Trustees and Chancellor Nancy Zimpher to conduct a thorough and comprehensive review and investigation and to report my findings and recommendations as expeditiously as possible.”

October 8, 2009

President DeFleur responds to Chancellor Zimpher's statement

"Today I had the opportunity to meet with SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. It was a productive and positive meeting. Binghamton University fully supports this investigation and we welcome the chance to work with the Honorable Judith Kaye, a respected jurist with a well-known reputation for fairness and integrity."

October 2, 2009

Statement from SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher

“Given recent events related to the Binghamton University Men’s Basketball Team, the Athletic Department and to academic integrity at the campus, I have recommended, and SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman Carl Hayden has agreed, that the independent audit called for by Binghamton President Lois DeFleur will be initiated by, and report to, the Executive Committee of the SUNY Board of Trustees. Further, Chairman Hayden and I agree that the audit process will appropriately address America East and NCAA policies and procedures.

“President DeFleur has pledged her complete support and total cooperation. We agree that no stone will be left unturned as we move forward. President DeFleur and I will meet next week to discuss the practical aspects of the review.

“These steps are necessary to remove any doubt whatsoever about the quality and integrity of the athletic and academic enterprises of Binghamton University and to strengthen or change any processes and procedures necessary in furtherance of our goal. The students, faculty, alumni, staff and supporters of Binghamton University, the SUNY System and all New Yorkers deserve nothing less.”

- Nancy L. Zimpher, SUNY Chancellor

October 2, 2009

President DeFleur responds to Chancellor Zimpher's statement

Dear Chancellor Zimpher and Chairman Hayden,

The recent events involving our Athletic Department are of deep concern to me and our University. I want to express to you, the SUNY Board, our campus community and everyone who has supported us over the years that we have no greater priority than to restore confidence in our athletic program. We understand that the process requires transparency and accountability and believe that your independent audit will ensure this.

Working together, we can achieve an honest and fair assessment of the Athletic Department’s policies and procedures, and an understanding of where they fell short. I have instructed all Binghamton personnel to give this review their full support and pledge on their behalf that you will have our complete cooperation.

At the conclusion of this process, I know that Binghamton University will emerge stronger and will face the future with pride.

Sincerely,
Lois DeFleur

Sept. 29, 2009

Changes to athletics program

Binghamton University prides itself on the quality of all of its endeavors and I expect the same from intercollegiate athletics. Binghamton’s athletics program has been successful and competitive within the America East not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom. Recently there have been specific instances where student-athletics have not complied with our standards and we took immediate action. Today I am announcing four additional actions.
Dr. Joel Thirer will be stepping down as Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics effective immediately. He will be assigned to the Office of the Provost where he will work on projects related to undergraduate transfer issues.

I have asked Senior Associate Athletic Director James Norris to serve as interim director. I have also asked Vice Provost Michael McGoff and Vice President James VanVoorst, to join with Norris in providing programmatic and fiscal support to the department during this transition.

In addition, I have formally directed Coach Kevin Broadus to provide me with a recruitment and supervision plan for Binghamton’s basketball program. I expect that this plan will specify the criteria, processes and practices that will reflect the University’s academic and behavioral standards.

Finally, we will bring in an external consultant to audit our athletic program to ensure that we are following America East and NCAA policies and procedures, and that we are providing the best possible experiences for our student-athletes. The results of this review will enable us to continue to improve our program, and to develop plans for its future.

- Lois B. DeFleur, president

Sept. 25, 2009

Binghamton University men’s basketball coach Kevin Broadus announced today that he has released five members of the team. Malik Alvin, Corey Chandler, Paul Crosby, David Fine and Derrick Rivera were informed Friday, Sept. 25 that they are no longer with the program.

“It’s important that everyone who is playing for Binghamton University and for me be on the same page as to what kind of commitment we expect of our student-athletes, both on and off the court,” Broadus said. “There’s only one captain steering this ship and that’s me. If any of the young men in our program don’t respect the decisions that have been made or the rules we have in place, then they need to move on with their lives. We’ll play with the student-athletes who want to be here, have respect for the institution, the game and the opportunities that we have provided for them.”

Sept. 24, 2009

Following the dismissal of Emmanuel Mayben from the University’s basketball program:

“I am reiterating to our Athletic Director Joel Thirer and Coach Kevin Broadus that we will not tolerate this behavior in our student athletes. This behavior does not reflect the quality of our program and the hundreds of student athletes at Binghamton University.  We appreciate that Coach Broadus has given second chances to athletes, but our program cannot take these risks and I have made this clear to both Thirer and Broadus.”

- Lois B. DeFleur, president

“Emanuel Mayben has been permanently dismissed from the men’s basketball program. His arrest is both shocking and disappointing. Our University and department will not tolerate this type of behavior. It’s a privilege to be a student-athlete and represent this University and we will not allow that privilege to be abused. Our coaches need to recruit student-athletes who value the opportunity that’s being given to them and I have communicated that directive to Coach Broadus loud and clear.”

- Joel Thirer, director of health, physical education and athletics

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