YSU assistant serving four-game suspension

Youngstown State University men’s basketball assistant coach Paul Molinari is currently serving a four-game suspension for an NCAA rules violation, which occurred over the summer.

The first game of the suspension was Saturday’s Kent State game and it runs through the Nov. 21 game against Westminster (Pa.).

YSU Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Jamie Hall said Molinari committed a Level III violation, which was a breach of conduct.

According to the NCAA, a Level III violation is “Violations that are isolated or limited in nature; provide no more than a minimal recruiting, competitive or other advantage; and do not include more than a minimal impermissible benefit. Multiple Level IV violations may collectively be considered a breach of conduct.”

The incident was self-reported by YSU and the penalty was self-imposed, but the Penguins are not saying what the specific violation was.

Hall said the NCAA has considered the case closed.

Molinari is a former assistant at Fairmont State, Winthrop, Cleveland State and Wichita State. He was a video coordinator at UNLV and student manager at Villanova. Molinari was a graduate assistant at Villanova and Kent State.