The NCAA is investigating the Pacific men’s basketball program for potential academic misconduct, the school confirmed to CBSSports.com’s Gary Parrish.
The investigation is related to allegations against former Pacific assistant Joe Ford, Parrish reports. Ford, a former Tigers player, spent five years on the coaching staff before resigning in May. He was then hired at Idaho, where Pacific head coach Ron Verlin’s twin brother Don is the head coach.
Ford resigned at Idaho after Parrish reported last month that Pacific had hired an independent investigator to examine a possible inappropriate relationship between Ford and a female student-athlete.
Allegations against Ford included that he “helped student-athletes remain eligible with online coursework and possibly provided impermissible benefits,” Parrish reports.
The Tigers went 12–19 last season in Verlin’s second year as head coach. They were picked to finish seventh in the 10-team WCC in the preseason coaches poll.
- Dan Gartland