Basketball Coach Kevin Willard Gets Suspended Following NCAA Investigation

Kevin Willard, head coach at Seton Hall will not be participating this season as he has been suspended following an investigation by the NCAA. The suspension will last for two-games and has been implemented by Seton Hall. This means he will miss his club’s game against Misericordia and the next one against Wagner that is scheduled to happen next week. The decision to suspend him comes after he was accused of transfer tampering.

Grant Billmeier to Fill In For Willard During Suspension

The assistant coach, Grant Billmeier, will take care of the team during Willard’s suspension but as soon as the suspension is over, he will resume his job as a coach. The transfer Willard is being accused of tampering was for Taurean Thompson in 2017. The first report of his suspension was as follows; “In collaboration with NCAA, Seton Hall has been investigating an infraction in its basketball team for men. We have proactively reviewed the issue and are cooperating fully with the enforcement staff from the NCAA.”

The announcement was followed by an introduction of Grant Billmeier who will fill in for Willard. It’s not a surprise that Billmeier has been chosen to fill in for Willard as he is Willard’s longest-serving assistance coach. He left his position as director of basketball operations and became an assistant coach in 2016.

This isn’t the first time a Seton Hall coach is being suspended with the last suspension in 2008 when Bobby Gonzalez was suspended for speaking inappropriately to Wally Rutecki.

The current allegation, tampering of transfer, happened in 2017 when Thompson suddenly announced that he was leaving his Syracuse, to attend and play for Seton Hall. At the time, the player said that he made this last-minute change because he wanted to go to a school that is closer to home. He never went back to Syracuse.

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