Tennessee State men's hoops placed on three-year probation

Updated: October 25, 2003, 1:40 AM ET

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Tennessee State's men's basketball program was placed on probation for three years for violations incurred under former coach Nolan Richardson III.

Richardson III, the son of former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, was found to have committed violations in areas of impermissible tryouts, out-of-season practice activities, recruiting inducements, coaching staff limitations and ethical conduct. He was suspended indefinitely last season after an altercation with assistant Hosea Lewis last December 25 in which Richardson III brought a gun into the gym to confront Lewis.

Richardson resigned on January 9 and the NCAA later launched an investigation into Tennessee State's program. Those findings resulted in the three years of probation, the loss of one scholarship over each of the next two seasons and a reduction in the number of permissible campus visits by recruits.

Tennessee State was found to be a repeat violator since it was its second major infraction in four years.

"We accept the findings and resolutions of the NCAA infractions committee," president James Hefner said. "And look forward to the continued growth and development of our athletics program."

In addition, the NCAA placed a "show-cause" penalty on Richardson, similar to the one imposed on former California coach Todd Bozeman. Any school that hires Richardson over the next three years needs to demonstrate to the NCAA that his duties will not be restricted.

Among Richardson's violations included illegal pickup games involving recruits on official and unofficial visits to Tennessee State. In some cases, the pickup games were held at a local YMCA when the campus gym was not available.

Richardson went 23-41 in his tenure at Tennessee State.

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