NCAA fines BU wrestling coach

By Haley Burton
By Conor Mooney

June 6, 2013 Updated Dec 6, 2013 at 8:27 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton wrestling head coach Matt Dernlan received a public reprimand and "certain penalties" for misconduct during the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, according to an NCAA news release.

The NCAA says Dernlan did not attend a mandatory administrative meeting prior to the championship on March 20.

While in Des Moines, Iowa, for the championships March 22, Dernlan was arrested and charged with public intoxication. In addition to issuing the public reprimand, the committee fined Dernlan $500.

"We expect all coaches to conduct themselves in a manner befitting the championship, and that applies to inside and outside the championship venue," said David Martin, chairman of the DI Wrestling Committee and senior associate athletics director at Oklahoma State. "The committee appreciates the disciplinary actions Binghamton University has taken to address Coach Dernlan's behavior and believes this mistake is not typical of his character."

After his arrest, Binghamton University suspended Dernlan for two weeks without pay.

"We have worked with the NCAA to provide details of coach Dernlan's conduct at the NCAA championship, as well as the University's subsequent response," said Patrick Eilliot, Binghamton University's director of athletics, "We support the ruling of the committee. As demonstrated by the the initial University suspension and sanctions issued to coach Dernlan in March, we treat any misconduct -- on or off the field of competition -- very seriously. We will continue to uphold high expectations and standards for our coaches, student-athletes and staff as representatives of Binghamton University athletics."

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