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Publish date: Jun 6, 2013

Binghamton University wrestling coach reprimanded for misconduct

Binghamton University wrestling head coach Matt Dernlan received a public reprimand and certain penalties for misconduct during the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Specifically, Dernlan failed to attend a mandatory administrative meeting prior to the championship on March 20. Also, while in Des Moines, Iowa, during the championships, he was arrested and charged with public intoxication on the evening of March 22. In addition to issuing the public reprimand, the committee fined Dernlan $500 for his actions.

The NCAA defines misconduct in an NCAA championship as any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championship that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics.

 “We expect all coaches to conduct themselves in a manner befitting the championship, and that applies to inside and outside the championship venue,” said David Martin, chair of the Division I Wrestling Committee and senior associate athletics director at Oklahoma State University. “The committee appreciates the disciplinary actions Binghamton University has taken to address Coach Dernlan’s behavior and believes this mistake is not typical of his character.”

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