The NCAA says Augusta University Men’s Basketball Coach Dip Metress has been found guilty of violating the organization’s academic misconduct rule last year.
Metress and former Assistant Coach O’Neal Armstrong provided academic assistance to a student-athlete during the 2021-22 school year, a violation of NCAA rules.
An academic coordinator said he witnessed Metress editing and adding content to a paper that a struggling student-athlete was writing for an English class.
Metress admitted his involvement, but O’Neal denied his, despite video footage and statements from the student athlete.
The NCAA said today the actions will result in three years of probation; a reduction of two financial aid awards in the men’s basketball program, one during the 2022-23 academic year and one during the following year; a fine of $5,000 (self-imposed); and suspension of two scrimmages and three regular-season contests for the head coach (self-imposed); completed during the 2021-22 academic year.
Armstrong was fired in August for failing to comply with the NCAA rules.