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College Basketball Coach Suspended For Allegedly Tampering With Player

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A university suspended its college basketball coach for allegedly tampering with a former transfer.

According to a report from the Asbury Park Press, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard received a two-game suspension from the university in response to an NCAA investigation.

The report reveals Willard reportedly tampered with a former Syracuse player.

The Asbury Park Press revealed former Orange forward Taurean Thompson was the subject of the investigation.

Here's more from the report:

Thompson, who hails from New York City and attended St. Anthony High School among other schools, chose Syracuse over Seton Hall late in the recruiting process. During his one season with the Orange the 6-foot-10 forward averaged 9.2 points in 18 minutes per game, and he was expected to be a central piece to their 2017-18 squad.

But Thompson didn’t report to campus for the first day of classes on Aug. 28, 2017.

Thompson sat out during the 2017-18 season as a transfer, before playing just 10 minutes per game for the Pirates last season. He averaged just 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds during the 2018-19 campaign.

The Pirates are currently locked in an exhibition contest against Misericordia. Next up for Seton Hall is the season-opener against Wagner.

Assistant coach Grant Billmeier will serve as the team's head coach for both games.