Idaho's men's basketball coach Don Verlin fired for possible NCAA violations

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Idaho is in the market for a new men's basketball coach.

The Vandals' Don Verlin was fired Friday for possible NCAA violations, the school announced in a press release. Two of those potential violations involved the "illegal participation of a non-coaching staff member in practices and games," according to a report from the Idaho Statesmen. When this was discovered Verlin used "intentional and passive aggressive" methods to shield team practices from the public, according to then-Director of Compliance Jordan Hall.

His third potential violation has been "almost entirely" redacted.

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Verlin had been placed on administrative leave on May 23 for three potential violations, and interim athletic director Pete Isakson addressed the decision to move on from Verlin.

"As with all personnel matters, we weigh many factors before we make a decision,” Isakson said in a statement. “These are not easy conversations or decisions, but we have a direct responsibility to do what is best for the university. Our fundamental goal in U of I athletics is that each sports program be a source of pride for the Vandal community — pride in our competition performance, in how we educate our student-athletes and in how we run our department. Foundational to meeting that goal is an absolute commitment to compliance and excellence.”

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Verlin, 54, had coached the Vandals since 2008 and has an overall record of 177-176 with Idaho. The team went just 5-27 in 2018-19.

Former assistant Zac Claus has been named interim head coach and will coach the team next season. A search for a permanent replacement will begin next spring.

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