E. Michigan reports women’s basketball violations

Eastern Michigan has put its women’s basketball program on two

years of probation and reported several violations tied to practice

and recruiting to the NCAA.

The school said Monday that the violations involved exceeding

practice time limits, improper involvement by coaches in voluntary

practices and allowing recruits into organized workouts.

Coach AnnMarie Gilbert has been suspended for one month without

pay and her salary frozen for the current season. She also was

given a letter of reprimand, and must attend mandatory counseling

and a NCAA rules seminar.

Gilbert will be replaced by assistant Coach Latonya Tate during

her suspension. Three assistant coaches and an assistant athletic

trainer also were disciplined.

The school’s report was filed Friday with the NCAA.

”We obviously take this matter very seriously, are cooperating

fully with the NCAA and have provided a formal self report and

self-imposed sanctions,” athletic director Derrick Gragg said.

”While I am disappointed, I am confident that Coach Gilbert will

learn from this and that this will make her an even better coach in

the future. The issuance of self-imposed sanctions does not

preclude further disciplinary action.”

The school said it uncovered the violations during an

investigation the past two months after a student-athlete made