San Diego State under investigation by NCAA for potential violations

Steve Fisher’s SDSU program is being investigated by the NCAA. (USATSI)

The San Diego State men’s basketball program is under investigation by the NCAA for potential rules violations allegedly committed by the staff, multiple sources told CBS Sports.

A source said the potential violations include possible improper benefits to prospects.

In theory, a source said, the NCAA could eventually charge SDSU with Level 1 violations.

According to the NCAA, Level 1 violations are violations “that seriously undermine or threaten the integrity of the NCAA collegiate model as set forth in the Constitution and bylaws, including any violation that provides or is intended to provide a substantial or extensive recruiting, competitive or other advantage, or a substantial or extensive impermissible benefit.”

SDSU officials declined comment Tuesday when contacted by CBS Sports.

San Diego State’s program is led by Steve Fisher, who previously had NCAA issues after guiding Michigan to the 1989 national title. Fisher was fired in October 1997 because of his connection to what’s commonly called the “Ed Martin Scandal.” Martin, now deceased, provided improper benefits to several Michigan players, including Chris Webber. The NCAA’s investigation resulted in the Wolverines vacating their 1992 and 1993 Final Fours.

Fisher has been San Diego State’s head coach since 1999.

He’s won five MWC regular-season titles.

He’s made the NCAA Tournament each of the past six years.

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