Cal State Northridge self-imposes postseason ban for 2016

Cal State Northridge, currently ranked 292nd in the KenPom rankings, has self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2015-16 season, according to a release from athletic director Brandon Martin.

The ban comes from a series of incidents going back to November 2014, when the university withheld a group of basketball players from games for potential violations of team rules and university policy.

“CSUN has a proud tradition of athletic excellence and an absolute commitment to the success of our student-athletes,” Martin said. “Our actions today demonstrate the values on which our athletic programs are built.”

The exact nature of the violations were not announced, however the release did not that the timeline for the final resolution of these matters rests with the NCAA.

Coach Reggie Theus also commented on the ban.

“I’m pleased that we are moving forward,” Theus said. “As I’ve said all along, this incident was an opportunity for our student-athletes and the team to come together in a time of uncertainty. And that’s what they’ve done. While I am disappointed for our current men’s basketball players who are impacted, I look forward to moving past this matter, and I am confident the basketball program will be successful both on and off the court in the years ahead.”

Given the Matadors’ low ranking in just about every metric, this largely only affects their ability to play in the Big West Tournament. It also will shorten the Big West Tournament slightly, as it now moves from a nine-team event down to an eight-team tournament.

The Matadors have already declared they won't be dancing in March.
The Matadors have already declared they won’t be dancing in March. (USATSI)

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