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Binghamton officially bows out of America East Tournament

Binghamton will not participate in the America East men's basketball tournament, the school announced Monday night. 

"After numerous discussions and considerations of the possible distractions that may occur this weekend, Binghamton University has elected not to participate," the school said in a statement.

The decision stems after a fourh-month investigation into athletics that revealed a lack of control over student athletes in the basketball program, questionable enrollment practices of athletes and allegations of illegal payments. 

Binghamton said in its statement that the move was voluntary, but one source indicated that the school bowed out after mounting pressure from other schools in the league.

The university released a 102-page review of the program's missteps.

Coach Kevin Broadus was put on paid administrative leave after the school revealed several recruiting violations. Mark Macon took over as interim coach. Athletics director Joel Thirer resigned after a female employee filed a lawsuit against a booster and two athletic officials.

Assistant coaches Mark Hsu and Julius Allen were reassigned.

But the question that needs to be answered is why did it take so long for this decision to be made. The decision to pull the plug on the season three days before the tournament is questionable at best. 

Although rumors had circulated since the release of the review that Binghamton may be forced out of the tournament, it will undoubtedly be frustrating for coaches who now have to change their game plans.

Fourth-seeded Boston University for example, would've played Binghamton in the quarterfinal. Instead the Terriers will play Hartford, which moved from the sixth seed to fifth.

Top-seeded Stony Brook (21-8, 13-3 America East), which was originally set to play the winner of the eight-nine play-in game between UMBC and Albany, will play Albany.

Another question is what does the future hold for Binghamton? Will it continue to play in the America East? Will it even stay in Division I athletics.

Binghamton finished the season 13-18 and 8-8 with just seven scholarship players under Macon.


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