SMU, coach Larry Brown facing NCAA sanctions for alleged violations

SMU appeared before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions last month for a hearing regarding various allegations involving the men's basketball team, including a failure-to-monitor charge for coach Larry Brown, a source confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.

Yahoo! Sports first reported the news Wednesday night.

Reached late Thursday night, Brown told ESPN, "I'm going to let the process take its course and move forward."

Brown said he was not at liberty to discuss the NCAA hearing. Multiple sources told ESPN on Thursday that SMU is hopeful the matter will be resolved by September, in advance of a critical recruiting period and before the start of practice.

The SMU basketball program is facing a host of serious charges stemming from an investigation into the academics of former McDonald's All American Keith Frazier. Sources told ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman earlier this year that the investigation centered on former assistant coach Ulric Maligi's involvement with Frazier before his enrollment at SMU in 2013.

Frazier, a sophomore last season, was declared academically ineligible in January and did not play the remainder of the season for the Mustangs. The source said, however, that Frazier's suspension this past season was related only to his pre-enrollment issues. The NCAA reportedly also is looking into alleged academic misconduct after Frazier enrolled at SMU, including allegations that Maligi and a former secretary helped with his coursework. Those charges could bring additional penalties to Frazier.

The most severe punishment, however, could be reserved for Brown. Three years ago, the NCAA revamped its penalty structure, including a failure-to-monitor charge that prevented coaches from hiding behind the age-old defense that they didn't know what people in their offices were doing.

Under the new structure, the penalty for a coach is related directly to the severity of the infraction, as deemed by the Committee on Infractions. A Level I violation that is considered "standard," for example, requires a coach be withheld from between 20 percent and 50 percent of his games.

Typically, a school tries to mitigate the penalty at the hearing, arguing what the coach has done to monitor his program. However, the source said that with recent penalties, the committee has shown an expectation to do more than just the minimum prescribed by the NCAA.

"They've been saying that you've got to show us that you've done more than just have your compliance officer come down and speak with the team," the source said.

The source was not at the hearing and was not privy to whatever arguments the school or Brown made in the coach's defense.

Plenty of coaches have been in the crosshairs of the new rule recently. Jim Boeheim will miss Syracuse's first nine ACC games following a recent NCAA finding; Syracuse is appealing the decision. Missouri's Frank Haith missed five games for his involvement with the Miami scandal. Randy Bennett of Saint Mary's also was forced to sit out five games after an assistant was charged with major violations involving international recruiting.

ESPN's Andy Katz contributed to this report.