Shaheen

Shaheen Holloway at last season's media day.

Shaheen Holloway, Saint Peter’s men’s basketball head coach, will sit out Thursday night’s exhibition match due to an alleged NCAA violation while he worked at Seton Hall University.

Holloway, who previously served as associate head basketball coach at SHU, is the second coach to be affected by the transfer tampering allegation. Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard, who Holloway worked under, just finished a two-game university-implemented suspension in connection to the issue.

The second-year coach will also miss the Peacocks’ first three games of the regular season: Nov. 13 against Bryant, Nov. 16 at Providence and Nov. 20 against Wagner.

Due to the ongoing investigation, which was announced on Oct. 29, neither Saint Peter’s nor Holloway will comment further, the athletics department stated.

The transfer in question is Pirates junior forward Taurean Thompson who was brought into SHU in 2017 after one year at Syracuse University, according to Asbury Park Press. Holloway was the Pirates’ lead recruiter and scouted Thompson while he played high school basketball at St. Anthony’s in Jersey City.

But Thompson committed to Syracuse over Seton Hall and Michigan State.

Yet, the 6’11” forward didn’t attend the first day of classes on Aug. 28, 2017, and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said, during that time, Thompson was taking “a leave of absence” from SU and that the player wanted to go to school closer to home “due to family health issues,” APP reported.

Thompson was later reported to be enrolled at Seton Hall. He sat out the 2017-18 season per NCAA transfer rules and played 27 games for the Pirates last season.

Assistant coach Ryan Whalen, who joined SPU with Holloway in 2018, will run the Peacocks for the next four games. Holloway will continue to coach in practices.

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