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STOCKTON —

University of the Pacific men’s basketball head coach and assistant coach were placed on suspension as the NCAA continues to investigate allegations of academic misconduct, the college announced Friday.

Athletic Director Ted Leland said that the suspension of head coach Ron Verlin and assistant Dwight Young corresponds with the investigation’s findings so far.

“I know how hard this is on our student-athletes, their parents, our Athletics staff and our fans and supporters,” Leland said in a news release, “but we must hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior, and fully comply with all NCAA regulations.”

The allegations stem from academic misconduct involving online coursework offered by other institutions. UOP began an investigation with the NCAA Oct. 8 after receiving information about potential misconduct.

According to the University, assistant coach Mike Burns will take over as interim head coach while the suspension is in effect for Verlin.