Former SE Missouri coach proclaims innocence

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Former Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Scott Edgar says he's innocent of the violations for which the NCAA has hit the school with penalties.

Edgar told the Southeast Missourian newspaper he was not involved in any of the violations and had no knowledge of them. He was fired last December.

The NCAA announced the penalties Thursday, ordering the men's basketball team to vacate its wins from 2006 through 2008.

The violations included impermissible benefits to men's and women's basketball players and the presence of coaching staff members during summer strength and conditioning activities.

Edgar says problems began for him when he decided not to retain assistant coach Ronnie Dean, who was also cited.

Dean said he was disappointed, but declined to comment further.

Information from: Southeast Missourian,

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