Don’t lie to the NCAA.
Bruce Pearl and Dez Bryant learned that the hard way.
Now Myck Kabongo has, too.
The Texas guard will be suspended for the season after providing “inaccurate information” during an NCAA investigation, according to Yahoo! Sports. The report read as follows:
As the NCAA investigated Kabongo’s amateur status over the past several months, Texas held Kabongo out of the lineup. The NCAA’s investigation has centered around whether Kabongo, a potential NBA first-round draft pick, received impermissible benefits from agent Rich Paul, who represents NBA superstar LeBron James and two former Texas Longhorns players: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson and San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph. In most impermissible benefits situations, players usually are suspended from three to 10 games and ordered to repay the amount of the benefits received. In this case, the penalty was made more severe because Kabongo provided inaccurate information to NCAA investigators when he was interviewed, sources said. The season-long ban is consistent with the penalty applied to former Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant in 2009 when he lied to the NCAA.
Kabongo averaged 9.6 points and 5.2 assists last season.
Texas beat North Carolina on Wednesday night.
The Longhorns are 7-4.