Here are highlights from Friday morning's news conference at Saint Mary's College where president Brother Ronald Gallagher and athletic director Mark Orr responded to the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions' announcement on sanctions against the men's basketball program:
"We can do a better job. We do many things right as an athletic department. Randy Bennett has epitomized what we look for in a head coach and has done a wonderful job with our basketball program. I have the utmost confidence that he is committed to continuing to keep compliance paramount in our basketball program."
"My reaction is we all can get better. I can get better. Compliance is a responsibility not just of Randy Bennett, but our department. It does not taint what I think of Randy Bennett as a person or as a coach or his commitment to the young men in the program and what he's done for Saint Mary's. I have 100 percent confidence in him. I look forward to continuing to work with him, not only to address these problems, but to continue the success in our program. He's been great for Saint Mary's College and I believe he will continue to do that."
"We self-imposed our own penalties. The committee of infractions added to those penalties. We believe our self-imposed penalties were appropriate. I personally believe some of (the NCAA's) penalties were harsh. We've got to take some time and evaluate that."
"All the major ones . . . certainly the ones that affect student athletes. Scholarships. Skill instruction. Anything that affects the quality of the experience we provide for our student-athletes. I think the game suspension . . . we didn't impose any game suspension to Coach Bennett. Certainly that's something we want to look at."
"This major infractions case did not have anything to do with our current, former, prospective Australian student-athletes. I want to make sure that is clear. . . . There are secondary violations that include everything from impermissible workouts that include members or our team in general. There's a secondary violation involving a pass-list issue. A secondary violation involving a young man getting a cab ride to a test. Those secondary violations do include Australian student-athletes as well as other student-athletes."
"They were recruited by this one coach back in '08-09. They never came to Saint Mary's. I don't think any of them ever did an official visit to Saint Mary's. None of them actually applied to Saint Mary's. That being said, we do need to be accountable for that coach's actions. He was impermissibly recruiting those prospective students."
"These young men on this team, quite frankly, don't have much to do with this situation.
"None of the three athletes mentioned are Australian. The subject matter of this major infractions report had nothing to do with Australian student-athletes or any of our current Australian student-athletes."
"Make no mistake, it certainly has an impact on our basketball program, on our student-athlete experience. I have a lot of confidence in Randy Bennett and the young men who are in our basketball program. We will get through this. I'm confident with the corrective measure we've put in place and will continue to put in place that our program will maintain its strength and competitiveness."
"We have been fully cooperating with the NCAA for over two years on this investigation and are certainly disappointed at the final outcome. But as an alum, as president and someone who supports our athletic program I'm also proud of what we've been able to accomplish. We've been fully cooperative with the NCAA and we will continue to be. We've taken steps already to correct any problems in our program in terms of compliance with NCAA regulations and have been working with the NCAA to ensure these mistakes don't happen again. I'm proud of the integrity and commitment of our staff and Randy Bennett as our coach."
"We've been disappointed by the fact that we've been sanctioned by the NCAA and we've made some mistakes. It's a very public thing. We're very proud of the program and the accomplishments of the students and the faculty. It's a disappointment when you make public mistakes like this, but that doesn't mean we're less proud of the program. But it's a disappointment to all the fans, the alumni and those people that have supported us for so many years."
"I've known Randy Bennett from before I was president and I've always trusted him as a good teacher. He really has the best interest of the students in mind and if there are mistakes made he is aware of them and we're both on the same page about the importance of correcting those moving forward. I have confidence in Randy."
"Think we always have to look first on the effect on the students. We're disappointed that some opportunities have been removed from them to have the best experience they can have. I think the NCAA is looking itself at its enforcement of processes and procedures, and we support that overview and that investigation into their own procedures. They've said they are going to look at their own way of doing this. We're cooperating with them and encouraging them to do that."