UConn Basketball Program Won't Receive Postseason Ban, According To Report

At 3 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, the NCAA plans to hold a teleconference announcing the punishment it will issue to the Connecticut basketball program. UConn has been hit with eight major violations, but USA Today is reporting that head coach Jim Calhoun's Huskies will not be faced with a postseason ban.

When the NCAA issues its findings on violations at the University of Connecticut later today, Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun will be cited for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within his program, USA TODAY has learned.

But the punishment handed down from the NCAA will not include a postseason ban for the Huskies, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.

The program imposed penalties on itself, and it's possible that the NCAA will find some of the penalties sufficient without having to impose any extra punishment itself. Our UConn blog, the appropriately-named UConn Blog, isn't so sure that the NCAA's committee of infractions will be satisfied with the school's lack of scrutiny with regard to Calhoun himself:

The university issued self-imposed restrictions, including the reduction of scholarships, in response to the NCAA in early October. But it went out of its way to protect Calhoun in its written response, almost to the point of alleviating him from the blame. Which, I'm guessing, didn't sit too well with the committee.

We'll find out for certain this afternoon.

For more on Huskies basketball, stay tuned to The UConn Blog.

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