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.
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