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Investigation Into Siena's Jimmy Patsos Expanding After Allegation Of Withheld Meal Money

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29: A detail of NCAA Official Wilson basketballs are seen racked up on the court prior to Oregon playing against Louisville during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The investigation into Siena's Jimmy Patsos is expanding. The coach is already in hot water, after allegedly verbally abusing a student manager with a mental disorder.

On Thursday, the Times Unionreported that an investigation into Patsos's conduct with the manager is underway. The student, who has obsessive-compulsive disorder, has accused the Saints' head basketball coach of verbal abuse.

Patsos allegedly singled out and berated the student manager. In one incident, he allegedly called him "the next Unabomber."

That was the impetus for the school's investigation. It is now uncovering some more abnormalities within the Saints program.

According to the Times Union, Saints players believe that someone forged their signatures for per diem meal payments. That is now another focus of the investigation.

From the latest Times Union piece on Jimmy Patsos:

An investigation by Siena College of basketball coach Jimmy Patsos has expanded beyond allegations that he mistreated a student manager and is also examining whether Patsos or other coaches improperly withheld per diem payments from players and team aides.

Several people familiar with the situation said players and others told investigators retained by the school their signatures appeared to have been forged on per diem vouchers, which indicated they received cash payments that were never given to them.

The school gives players and team aides money for meals while traveling or attending basketball events when classes are not in session.

Patsos took over at Siena ahead of the 2013-14 season. He had spent the previously nine seasons at Loyola (MD), reaching the NCAA Tournament with the Greyhounds in 2012.

Things have not gone very well on the court during his tenure with the Saints. The program did reach the CBI in two of his first three seasons, winning 20 games in 2013-14 and 21 in 2015-16.

He has gone under .500 in the other three seasons. The 2017-18 season was his worst at Siena, and saw the team finish 8-24.

Overall, Jimmy Patsos is 77-92 with the Siena Saints. He received the support of athletic director John D'Argenio during the tough season. The off-court concerns are going to make it very hard for that to continue, if any of these allegations are discovered to be true. Patsos is set to give a press conference at 4 p.m. today.

[Times Union]