FULLERTON, Calif. -- Cal State Fullerton interim head men's basketball coach Andy Newman has been suspended for the Titans' first two games of the season due to secondary violations of NCAA rules, Interim Athletics Director, Steve Walk announced Tuesday.
He will miss Fullerton's season opener at Stanford on Nov. 12 and the team's game at Nevada on Nov. 16 to open the three-day Basketball Travelers Tournament in Reno. Assistant Coach Julius Hicks, in his fifth season with the program, will run the team in his absence.
"As the men's basketball coach at Cal State Fullerton, I take full responsibility for the program's compliance with NCAA rules," Newman said. "The University has reported minor secondary violations that were committed, unintentionally, with respect to my presence at a summer open gym before play began, and my failure to supervise our Director of Basketball Operations who was present at the open gym program.
"I will serve the suspension and then return to the team with a redoubled commitment to compliance and success for our student-athletes, both on and off the court. I will be sure that, moving forward, the men's basketball staff will continue to work with the highest levels of integrity set forth by Cal State Fullerton and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics."
"We are dedicated to sustaining an atmosphere of compliance with NCAA rules in our programs," Walk stated.