Report: Facing Sanctions, UConn To Part Ways With Two Assistants

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The UConn Blog Reacts To Friday's Allegations From The NCAA

Over at The UConn Blog, they're all over this morning's news. First, the allegations, as relayed at this morning's press conference:

This morning, UConn published the details of the NCAA's notice of allegations against the basketball program on its website. The allegations, which are related to the recruitment of former Husky Nate Miles, come after 15 months of NCAA investigations and the resignation of two UConn assistants yesterday. UConn has until Aug. 20 to give a response to the allegations to the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Head coach Jim Calhoun is listed in the notice for failing "to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the men's basketball program and a failure to adequately monitor the program to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation regarding telephone calls, text messages and benefits provided by a representative of the institution's athletic interests."

And then, head UConn writer, Andrew Porter, offers his reaction:

Most of what I can tell from the report (again, much of it is redacted) is stuff we already knew. The UConn staff, especially Beau Archibald and Patrick Sellers, were making way too many impermissible phone calls  (114 impermissible phone calls & 181 texts (to [BLANKED OUT NAME] for Archibald and 19 calls from Sellers to four different players).

In addition, Josh Nochimson just seems like all around bad news, and the recruitment of Nate Miles seems to be just as big of a mess as everyone has reported.

The two coaches accused of misleading the NCAA are Archibald and Sellers. Sellers looks like he might have just gotten mixed up at one point, denying he saw Nochimson’s name on a redacted something or other in Jan. 2009, but then saying he did see it during a follow-up interview in October.  Archibald, on the other hand, does not look quite as good. The NCAA is alleging he denied knowing Ron Shade, an associate of Nochimson’s, despite placing 16 phone calls to and two text messages to him (including one on Christmas Day) long before his interview.

Again, they've got this story covered from top-to-bottom at The UConn Blog. For more on the allegations, the resignations of Calhoun's two assistants, and the implications for the future, be sure to check back there throughout the day.


Report: Facing Sanctions, UCONN To Part Ways With Two Assistants

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, UConn basketball has decided to part ways with two of its basketball assistants in response to a report last year that hinted at recruiting violations, and could end with self-imposed sanctions or, possibly, penalties from the NCAA. From Katz:

Connecticut said Thursday night it would hold a 10 a.m. news conference on Friday to announce an update on the NCAA investigation of its men's basketball program. The school will release its official notice of allegations that stem from alleged recruiting violations detailed in a Yahoo!Sports report in March of 2009.

Assistant coaches Pat Sellers and director of basketball operations Beau Archibald have resigned, according to multiple sources.

Sellers had been with the Huskies for six seasons, the latter three on the road recruiting. Archibald, a former player, had been on staff for three seasons.

Over at SB Nation's UConn blog, the reactions have been measured, as nothing's official. "I'm going to hold off from saying too much until the press conference tomorrow," writes Andrew Porter, "but the two resignations certainly do not bode well for UConn."

We'll have more on this story as it develops, and be sure to check out The UConn Blog for more in-depth coverage as news emerges.

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