Men's Basketball

Malik Pope suspended by SDSU after Laguna Creek alum allegedly received loan from agent

Nevada's Cameron Oliver (0) has his shot blocked by San Diego State's Malik Pope during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals at the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday, March 11, 2016, in Las Vegas.
Nevada's Cameron Oliver (0) has his shot blocked by San Diego State's Malik Pope during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals at the Mountain West Conference tournament Friday, March 11, 2016, in Las Vegas. AP Photo

San Diego State star forward Malik Pope has been provisionally suspended by the university after his name appeared in documents regarding a federal investigation into college basketball corruption.

The school's compliance department is investigating whether Pope received a $1,400 loan from an agent. Pope's name appears in documents made public Friday in an detailed report by Yahoo Sports.

That report includes expense reports and balance sheets that may point to NCAA rules violations, underground recruiting policies and improper exchange of money. Athletes from at least 20 Division I basketball teams have been named.

Pope will not travel with the team for Saturday's road game against San Jose State.

Pope, a 6-foot-10 senior, graduated from Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove in 2014. The Bee's Joe Davidson in 2016 called Pope a "potential NBA first-rounder," though he decided to return for his senior year rather than enter the draft.

After initial struggles early in his college career, Pope is SDSU's leading scorer (12.7 points per game) and rebounder (7.1) this season.

With three games remaining in the regular season, SDSU coach Brian Dutcher does not know if Pope will be back this season.

“This is something we’re not used to at San Diego State, obviously,” Dutcher said Friday . “We’re looking into Malik’s name on the report. I have great faith in the people of this university to do so thoroughly and efficiently.”

NCAA President Mark Emmert also issued a statement in response to allegations of corruption.

SDSU (16-10, 8-7) entered Friday ranked fifth in the Mountain West standings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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