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Buzz Williams To Sit Out First Game Of 2012 Season

By JB | Posted Wednesday, August 29

In the past few weeks, Marquette came under scrutiny for possible violations of NCAA recruiting rules during the off-season. While first reports gave no indication of the nature of the violations it was later revealed that it was a small matter of misconduct. As for the sanctions handed down, at least one assistant coach lost his job, and Buzz Williams will be sitting out during the Golden Eagle's conference opener.

The NCAA reported that Scott Monarch, one of Marquette's most respected assistants, broke league rules by providing team apparel and unauthorized rides for an unidentified recruit. Monarch then lied about his actions multiple times before finally admitting the wrongdoing in mid-June. He had been on suspension since that time. As a result of the official investigation, Monarch was fired from the organization.

Monarch and Williams Have Long History

Monarch was not only one of the most successful recruiters on the Marquette staff (bringing in over forty talented players from junior colleges to Division One teams,) he is also a close personal friend of the head coach. First assisting under Williams in 2006 in New Orleans, Monarch's relationship with the coach included four years at Marquette, and a number of seasons working jointly when Monarch was coaching at Tyler Junior College. Williams told reporters after breaking the news that he was sorry to lose one of the team's best assistants and a good friend. He added that he was ultimately at fault for not keeping a close eye on his staff.

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