BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has identified 15 student-athletes who violated the 2014-15 NCAA Women’s Basketball Rules in the altercation between Southern University and Texas Southern University on Saturday, March 7 in Houston, Texas.
Per NCAA playing rules, seven Southern and eight Texas Southern women’s basketball student-athletes will be suspended for their team’s quarterfinal game of the 2015 SWAC basketball tournament. Two student-athletes, Keonia Parrish from Southern and Kiana Vines from Texas Southern, will serve an additional game suspension.
As a result of the altercation and the lack of available student-athletes to continue, the game was ended with 12:37 remaining in the second half. Since less than 30 minutes of the contest was completed, none of the statistical information from the game will be recorded. After reviewing the ruling, the Conference office determined that both team’s records will reflect a loss. As a result, Texas Southern, with a conference record of 16-2, took sole possession of the SWAC regular season title. Southern moved to second place at 15-3 in the league.
Update: Texas Southern will not participate in the SWAC Basketball Tournament
Texas Southern Athletics Statement on March 7 Altercation
HOUSTON-Texas Southern University has announced that the TSU women's basketball team will not participate in the upcoming 2014-15 Southwestern Athletic Conference Tournament set to be held this week at the Toyota Center.
"After deliberate consultation and review with our conference office regarding the incident that transpired on March 7, 2015, we've come to the decision that our women's basketball team will not participate in the upcoming 2015 SWAC Women's Basketball Tournament, as we would not be able to successfully field a competitive team due to the number of suspensions that are set to be levied down," said TSU Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Charles McClelland.
"In addition to the multi-game suspensions handed down from our league office, we will also be imposing some additional measures to ensure that our student-athletes fully understand the severity of what took place on Saturday. With that being said, we're not going to throw in the towel or give up on these young ladies," added Dr. McClelland.
"As an athletic program and more importantly as an institution of higher learning, it is our task to work with the student-athletes involved in the altercation by helping them learn and grow from this incident as individuals. We will mandate that they attend conflict resolution counseling, while also requiring them to perform community service hours. After speaking with the team they've all expressed a deep remorse for the actions that took place on March 7. They've sought to apologize to Texas Southern University President Dr. John Rudley, myself, their coaching staff and the entire Texas Southern Community as a whole for the various roles they played in the incident. At that time, I also shared with them that we will have a zero tolerance policy moving forward for such actions," stated Dr. McClelland.
Update: Parrish Dismissed from Southern Women's Basketball Program
Southern University Athletics has conducted an internal review of game footage from Saturday’s altercation with Texas Southern and has issued the following statement:
"Southern University and Southern University Athletics uphold the values of good sportsmanship and fair play in the highest regard. We maintain that the opportunity to serve as ambassadors and to represent this institution is a privilege and an obligation.
As we await a final verdict from the Southwestern Athletic Conference regarding potential suspensions, senior guard Keonia Parrish has been dismissed from the women’s basketball program for actions detrimental to the team. Kenidi Robinson has also been suspended indefinitely for her involvement in Saturday’s incident."
Parrish averaged 2.3 points and 0.7 assists over 54 games during a two-year tenure as a Jaguar after tranfering to Southern from Palm Beach Community College.
Head Coach Sandy Pugh also offered the following statement:
"After reviewing the video footage and conferring with our administration, our program made the decision to dismiss Keonia Parrish from the team based on her involvement in Saturday’s incident at Texas Southern.
We would like to reiterate that any behavior of this nature is extreme and completely beyond the boundaries of tolerable. As a result, we felt that an immediate dismissal was warranted. We wish Keonia the best in her future endeavors."