BYU's Nick Emery under NCAA investigation

Cougars junior point guard allegedly accepted improper benefits from a booster

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Sports) - According to a report first published by the Salt Lake Tribune, BYU point guard Nick Emery is under NCAA investigation for allegedly receiving improper benefits from a BYU booster.

The Tribune is reporting that BYU booster and alum Brandon Tydell, an executive for For Fun Less Tours, gave the junior guard use of a 2017 Volkswagon Jetta and tickets and travel to a U2 concert, a violation of NCAA rules.

Tydell told the Tribune that he has known Emery for years, which could be a factor in any punishment handed out.

Tydell also said Emery has reimbursed him for any travel expenses. 

BYU released a statement to ABC4 on Friday saying, "BYU is in the process of working with the NCAA regarding issues related to Nick Emery."

If proven to be true, Emery could be suspended by the school or by the NCAA, and there is a possibility of forfeiture of games.

The Cougars begin the 2017-18 season November 11 at home against Mississippi Valley State.

Emery, who played in the Cougar Tip Off scrimmage on Wednesday at the Marriott Center, made national headlines two years ago after punching Utah point guard Brandon Taylor in the face during a game. Emery has since apologized for the incident.

Emery helped lead Lone Peak High School to a national championship in 2013.

In two years at BYU, Emery has averaged 14.7 points and 2.5 assists per game.

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