UConn Basketball Program On Probation, Jim Calhoun To Be Suspended Three Games Next Season

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Jim Calhoun, UConn Face New Accusations About NCAA Violations

You’re probably already aware that Jim Calhoun and UConn got in hot water with the NCAA earlier this year. One of the stumbling blocks for the Association was apparently the unwillingness of former Connecticut player Nate Miles to talk to investigators. Things have changed.

At one point in high school, he said, he got $250 every three days from an N.B.A. agent that he said a former Connecticut assistant coach introduced him to. He said he received improper help on at least two of the standardized tests he took to qualify academically to play in college, but for all that he never played a game for Connecticut, or any other Division 1 university.

Caveats: Miles is a former UConn player for a reason, he’s now asking for money for any further interviews and he’s either lying now or he was lying during earlier statements that he didn’t do anything wrong. UConn and Calhoun best hope Miles is lying now, or at least that the NCAA doesn’t believe him.

When read a series of Calhoun’s statements to the N.C.A.A., including whether Calhoun and the Connecticut assistant Tom Moore warned Miles not to take gifts from Nochimson, Miles responded “lie” after each of them. That included whether Calhoun called Miles in March 2007 to caution Miles about Nochimson [an NBA agent who allegedly paid him]. “Lie,” Miles said.

The NCAA seems inclined to at least look into what Miles says now. Calhoun must be thrilled to hear that.


Jim Calhoun Apologizes For NCAA Violations, Doesn't Say If He'll Appeal

Jim Calhoun released a statement on Friday night apologizing for the NCAA violations after UConn and Calhoun were hit with sanctions on Tuesday. As a result, Calhoun was suspended for the first three games of the Big East schedule next season. UConn was placed on probation for three years and had the amount of scholarships available reduced to 12 over the next three years, as well.

Calhoun took full responsibility for the violations, but didn’t say whether he’ll appeal the punishments (via Greenwich Time)

“As the leader of the Connecticut basketball program and an ambassador of the University, the buck stops with me. No qualifications. No exceptions,” Calhoun said. “Without going into the details of the case or addressing each of the findings and subsequent penalties, I fully acknowledge that we, as a staff, made mistakes and would like to apologize to the University and all associated with UConn on behalf of myself and the men’s basketball program.”

Calhoun is currently away from the team, mourning the death of his wife’s sister. Without him on the bench, the Huskies lost to Marquette on Thursday evening, 74-67.

UConn still has time to appeal both the suspension and other sanctions handed down as a result of a lengthy investigation into the recruitment of Nate Miles. The NCAA found a former UConn team manager, identified as a booster, provided Miles with improper benefits during the recruitment process. Miles never played for the Huskies as he was expelled from school in 2008.

For more on the investigation, check out the rest of our StoryStream. To connect with UConn fans, check out SB Nation’s The UConn Blog.


Jim Calhoun Suspension, UConn Probation Stems From Nate Miles' Recruitment

The Connecticut Huskies basketball program avoided a postseason ban on Tuesday, but were still hit hard by the NCAA after an investigation uncovered recruiting violations related to a person the NCAA deemed a booster's involvement with Nate Miles during the recruiting process. Miles signed a Letter of Intent with the Huskies but was expelled in 2008, never playing a game with UConn.

The "booster," former team manager Josh Nochimson, allegedly provided Miles with transportation, food, lodging and took care of other expenses while Miles was being recruited. As a former team manager, the NCAA deemed he was still a representative of the school, making the contact and benefits impermissible under NCAA bylaws.

The sanctions, while embarrassing, are far from a death-blow for the Huskies, but did leave head coach Jim Calhoun and UConn basketball program in a bad spot, both now and in the future.

The rundown of the sanctions is as follows:

Jim Calhoun will be suspended for the first three Big East games during the 2011-2012 season.

UConn is restricted to 12 players on scholarship per year for the next three years, ending after the 2012-2013 season.

UConn will also be on probation for the next three years from the date of the report.

Though UConn imposed its own sanctions, recommending a two-year scholarship restriction and probationary period, the NCAA took it a step further, adding another year to the self-imposed sanctions. In the report, the NCAA found Calhoun responsible for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance, thus warranting the three-game suspension.

For more on the Huskies, check out SB Nation's The UConn Blog.


Jim Calhoun On Probation, Suspension: 'Disappointed With NCAA's Decision'

Jim Calhoun has been suspended for the first three games of the 2011-2012 college basketball season, and Connecticut Huskies men’s hoops is on probation for three years, after the NCAA discovered recruiting violations on UConn’s part. The NCAA reports UConn involved a booster in a player’s recruitment, letting the booster pay for to attend basketball camp, have foot surgery, and so forth.

Calhoun is displeased with the NCAA’s findings:

I am very disappointed with the NCAA’s decision in this case. My lawyer and i are evaluating my options and will make a decision which way to proceed.

UConn will also see its scholarships reduced from 13 to 12 for the next three years, starting Tuesday. They’ll also have to permanently cut ties with that booster, who’s hopefully not the same guy that tried to get his money back after the football team hired a coach he didn’t like.

For more on Calhoun and UConn, visit The UConn Blog.


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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