Nebraska-Omaha’s head coach Dean Blais and Jaycob Megna have come under scrutiny for an impermissible benefit given to Megna. Each have been suspended three games as a result.
The suspensions come after Megna’s watch was stolen out of the UNO locker room last season, and according to the Omaha-World Herald, Blais paid Megna $400 out of pocket to cover the costs of buying another watch.
By NCAA rule, Megna has been forced to sit out Nebraska-Omaha's next three games against New Hampshire (two) and Minnesota-Duluth (one). Blais would have been subject to a one-game NCAA suspension, but the school chose a three-game suspension to match the punishment Megna will face.
Ironically, in a twist of fate, had Nebraska-Omaha filed the correct paperwork with the sanctioning body, no suspension would’ve ever happened. Another bit of irony in this is a compliance director, when approached by an intern in UNO’s compliance department with this case, improperly applied the NCAA rules by saying no.
A merry Christmas wish by the NCAA indeed…
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