MORAGA -- The Saint Mary's basketball program reportedly has been under NCAA investigation for possible recruiting violations.
The Gaels acknowledged in a statement on Friday that they are "working cooperatively" with the NCAA "on a matter related to the men's basketball program." But the school declined to provide specifics and said it would have no further comment.
The NCAA investigation was first reported by ESPN.com.
While the nature of the potential violations is unclear, the NCAA has interviewed former Saint Mary's assistant coach David Patrick, ESPN reported.
Patrick worked for the Gaels from 2006-10 and helped recruit players from Australia, reportedly including former star Patty Mills.
Patrick, who spent part of his childhood in Australia, left Saint Mary's in 2010 and joined the Houston Rockets.
He was subsequently suspended by the NBA for one year for working out players during the lockout and is now an assistant at Louisiana State.
Australian players have been integral to SMC's rise to prominence under longtime coach Randy Bennett, whose program has reached the NCAA tournament in three of the past five years.
Bennett had back surgery in June and did not attend several summer recruiting events, according to the espn.com report.
It was unclear whether Bennett missed the events because of his recovery from surgery or because of the NCAA investigation.
Attempts to reach Bennett on Friday were unsuccessful.
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