Assistant coach Monarch fired, Williams suspended 1 game

In a statement released by Marquette University, head coach Buzz Williams announced that assistant coach Scott Monarch has been dismissed from the team. Monarch was found to have been “untruthful with department administrators on multiple occasions after it was discovered he knowingly committed violations,” according to the statement.

Williams also accepted in the release a one-game suspension for the team’s first Big East conference game. Marquette will also have its official visits reduced by one for the next calendar year.

The violations that Monarch lied about included giving apparel and transportation to a recruit. Monarch provided “misleading information” when asked about it before acknowledging the lies, according to the statement.

Monarch was entering his fifth season with Marquette, and had been instrumental in the recruitment of junior college transfers Jae Crowder, Jimmy Butler and Joe Fulce. He recruited the latter two after coaching each at Tyler Junior College in Texas. Monarch had also been with Williams as an assistant at New Orleans.

“When I was allowed to review the report earlier this week, I was deeply saddened to learn of an error in judgment of one of my assistants and closest friends,” Williams said in the statement. “I take personal responsibility for what happens in this program and realize we must be role models to both our team and the entire University. Our commitment has always been and will always be to operate this program at the highest level of integrity in the Marquette and Jesuit tradition.”

Vice President and Athletic Director Larry Williams also commented in the statement:

“This situation reinforces the need to be focused not only on our rich competitive history but most importantly on the core values that underpin this very unique program – among the elite in the nation,” Williams said. “It was our obligation to take strong decisive steps as we took this matter extremely seriously. The NCAA has made the role of institutions quite clear in its proposed legislative changes to the penalty structure.”

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