Southern men’s basketball coach Roman Banks, who has been courted by Texas A&M to join its staff as an assistant, decided to hold off on extended conversations with the SEC school in the wake of meetings with the NCAA, according to reports.

Banks, who led the Jaguars to a SWAC regular season championship, had discussions with Texas A&M recently and head coach Billy Kennedy about being his top assistant, said The Advocate on Tuesday.

Banks said a visit to Southern from NCAA officials that began Monday will take up the majority of schedule and temporarily prevent him from continuing talks with Texas A&M.

The NCAA is on campus to take a look at Southern’s “process for reporting student-athlete’s academic progress,” The Advocate said.

Southern was banned by the NCAA last December due to insufficient documentation the intercollegiate governing body has received from Southern related to the academic progress rates of its student athletes.  Southern’s submissions of documentation to the NCAA since the ban was announced have been either “incomplete or inaccurate.”

Following the two-day meeting with the NCAA, Banks is expected to meet with high-ranking Southern officials before resuming talks with Texas A&M.

“I don’t think we’ll talk again until I’m able to meet with our people about our situation here,” Banks said Monday. “We’ll meet later this week after we’re done with the audit.”


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