Dominic Artis #1 of the Oregon Ducks brings the ball up court against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Oregon suspended basketball players for violating NCAA rules, the school announced late Tuesday night.
Ben Carter and Dominic Artis were suspended after school officials learned the two athletes had sold team-issued apparel over the past year. The selling of team-issued apparel is a violation of NCAA bylaw 188.8.131.52, which prohibits student-athletes from receiving an extra benefit.
"Ben and Dominic are two good young men who made a poor decision that was against NCAA rules," Oregon coach Dana Altman said in a statement Tuesday. "I feel that both regret their decisions and the impact that it has on their teammates and our university."
Per NCAA rules, both Carter and Artis will be withheld from participating in a yet to be determined number of games to start the season and must donate the value of the apparel to charity. Oregon opens the 2013-14 season on Friday night in South Korea against Georgetown as part of the Armed Forces Classic. CampusInsiders.com reported the duo could be suspended for as many as nine games. The Ducks also face Ole Miss, Illinois and BYU in a tough non-conference schedule.
Oregon said in a statement released by the school that the violations were discovered through an internal monitoring system and immediately investigated with cooperation from Carter and Artis. The school self-reported violations to the PAC-12 Conference and to the NCAA. The student-athletes were declared ineligible and have applied for reinstatement.
Artis, the team's starting point guard who missed nine games with a foot injury as a freshman, averaged 8.5 points, 3.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game while shooting 36 % from three-point range.
"I want to apologize to the University, to Coach Altman and to my teammates for selling team apparel," Artis said in a statement. "I regret my actions and do not want this situation to define me or my character."
The 6-foot-8 Carter saw about 10 minutes of action a game last season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 boards per game.
"As a student-athlete at Oregon, I recognize that I have a responsibility to represent our team and our University at all times with the utmost of integrity," Carter said in a statement. "I regret the decision to sell the apparel and I am grateful to the NCAA and to the University for the opportunity to make amends."