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November 9, 2012

Margenthaler suspended for 2 games

MANKATO — Minnesota State men’s basketball coach Matt Margenthaler has been suspended for two games for what he described as a “secondary” NCAA violation.

Margenthaler said the violation involved text messaging a potential recruit during a period when coaches aren’t allowed to contact athletes. He said the rule no longer applies.

“We self-reported, and the NCAA decided I should miss two games,” Margenthaler said.

According to a Minnesota State press release, the NCAA defines a secondary violation as a violation that is isolated or inadvertent in nature and provides only a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage and does not include any significant recruiting inducement or extra benefit.

Associate head coach Mike Schott will coach the team tonight in the season opener against Bethany Lutheran at Bresnan Arena. Schott will also coach the team during its first game at the Sonoma State tournament on Friday, Nov. 16, and Margenthaler will return the next night.

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