COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The North Idaho College men’s basketball team must vacate its 2018 and 2019 Northwest Athletic Conference championships after an investigation determined the program violated NWAC code.
In February, the NWAC office was made aware of alleged violations. NWAC officials launched a formal investigation and after three days of interviews, determined three violations occurred.
The investigation found NIC booster club funds were used without oversight from the NIC Business Office, covering food and entertainment costs for the men’s basketball team. NIC was also found violating NWAC basketball camp policy.
Pending the results of the investigation, NIC filed an appeal, but was unsuccessful.
In addition to vacating their championships, the NIC Athletic Department will be placed on probation for three years and pay a fine.
NIC’s president issued the following statement:
To the NIC Community,
We have come to the conclusion of our appeal process to the NWAC and while the Executive Board thanked us for the changes we have already implemented within our athletics department (prior to and after the investigation), and our commitment to compliance, NWAC has affirmed the findings of its investigation and our appeal was largely unsuccessful.
As I indicated in an earlier collegewide communication, I accept responsibility for the practices and behaviors that have led us to this place with the league. The college will agree to the sanctions NWAC has placed on NIC, and I am committed, as is VP Graydon Stanley, to working with the league and its member institutions to foster a positive and collegial future for us all.
Ultimately, our commitment is centered on creating the best student-athlete experience possible, while ensuring that NWAC codebook compliance is an embedded focus for our institution, and that we move forward in partnership with NWAC as we compete fairly and act honorably.
– NIC President Rick MacLennan
More information about the investigation and the NWAC's findings can be found here.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story indicated the college violated two NWAC rules, but it was instead three.
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