College Hockey:
Nebraska-Omaha coach Blais, defenseman Megna suspended three games for NCAA violations

According to the Omaha World Herald, Nebraska-Omaha head coach Dean Blais and junior defenseman Jaycob Megna have each been suspended three games apiece for violating NCAA benefits rules.

Reportedly, Blais reimbursed Megna $400 after Megna’s wristwatch was taken from the CenturyLink Center locker room in October 2012 during a game against Bemidji State.

Both Blais and Megna will be out for the UNO games at New Hampshire on Jan. 3-4 and at home against Minnesota-Duluth on Jan. 10. The Mavs’ program won’t be subject to sanctions, the report said.

“I don’t believe that it was malicious on Dean’s part,” UNO athletic director Trev Alberts said to the paper. “I honestly believe Dean’s an old-school coach and felt bad for the kid and was trying to help him. But it’s a violation … We could’ve reimbursed him through the NCAA if we had just filled out a few forms.”

“I totally support the university’s and the NCAA’s decision on my suspension,” added Blais.

UNO assistant coaches Troy Jutting and Alex Todd will coach in Blais’ place, while Megna, per NCAA rules, won’t be allowed to travel.

“My frustration is for the player,” Alberts added. “Here’s a kid that has done everything right. He’s an amazing student. He’s from a great family. … Now he’s paying a price frankly for some university mistakes.”

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  • model94

    Hmm. I’ve been working 30 years, and have a Sr. level engineering manager job. Let’s see, how many $400 watches do i own …. uhh… none. Student life sure is different now.

    • Jim Chapman

      Do you know how the student athlete got the watch? Maybe it was a gift from his family for his hs graduation. Please don’t type stupid stuff when you don’t know the details of the situation.

      • Canned Heat

        I’d like to know what this dope has “engineered” and avoid it…

        • max mosion

          This is ridiculous! How did this even happen and how archaic are the rules that have supposedly been violated. The NCAA is a branch of Feudalism!! Fred Freedom

        • model94

          Here’s hoping that you aren’t working for me at the moment, at any level of my organization.

          • Canned Heat

            You can stop hoping, chief. Chances are zero, unless you’ve been sued. In any event, I have a sense of humor, thus, I am overqualified for your staff but qualified to defend your mistakes.
            Your secondary reply confirms for me that you jump to conclusions based, not on confirmable facts, but on your own life experience and guesswork, and I find that combination a dangerous trait for an engineer.
            What does college marketing campaigns have to do with a stolen watch? How do you know that the stolen watch was worn “daily”?

          • model94

            Despite my wanting to to tell everyone everything, you seem to have the looooongest (snore) posts. Tighten it up a little.

      • model94

        Maybe. But you have missed the main point. Which is: there was a time when students had to scrimp and save and do without because they were paying their way through school. Like me and my wife and all the students we were friends with. From what I see today (colleges marketing themselves with … climbing walls, coffee bars, etc.) there isn’t much scrimping going on. And incidentally – if I had received a $400 graduation gift watch, it would be kept at my parents house. Certainly not worn daily.

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