The Wisconsin-Stevens Point men's basketball team won't play in the post-season this year and head coach Bob Semling will be suspended for the rest of the season, the school's athletic department announced Thursday.
The self-imposed post-season ban will include the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, in addition to the NCAA tourney, the school's athletic department said in a statement posted on its website.
Associate head coach Kent Dernbach will be the team's interim head coach during the suspension, the school said.
The decision came in response to major allegations by the NCAA, which the school declined to elaborate on because of a confidentiality agreement.
But the Stevens Point Journal reported Thursday that an internal investigation started in April concerning an anonymous complaint accusing the team of starting practices too early last season, before the Oct. 15 date on which D3 teams are allowed to start. The school self-reported the violations to the NCAA, the paper said, and reduced its practices this season as a punishment.
But the NCAA didn't accept the school's initial self-punishment and decided to investigate further, the paper reported.
Stevens Point Athletic Director Brad Duckworth said during a news conference Thursday that he didn't expect the Pointers would have to vacate any wins over the matter.
"As an institution, we feel that it is imperative to take swift and immediate action in response to what we have been informed by the NCAA are major allegations regarding our men's basketball program," Duckworth said in a statement released by the school.
Stevens Point won D3 national championships in 2010 and 2015. Semling, who coached both championship teams and was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches national Coach of the Year in 2015, is 262-71 and is in his 12th season.Semling was also an assistant on the Pointers' back-to-back national championship teams of 2004 and 2005.
The Pointers are 6-5 overall so far this year, and 0-1 in WIAC play.