NCAA Basketball

Another NCAA Scandal: UConn Accused of 8 Violations

| by Alex Groberman

The University of Connecticut issued a statement saying the NCAA has found eight violations in the recruiting practices of the men’s basketball team.

The alleged violations include but are not limited to: improper phone calls and text messages to recruits, improper benefits for recruits and a “failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance” by coach Jim Calhoun.

Calhoun, the 68-year-old legend, has led the Huskies to two national championships. Despite major health concerns, he was recently re-signed to a five-year, $13 million contract.

The school released the infractions letter they received from the NCAA following a 15-month investigation by the college sports governing body. The Huskies are scheduled to appear before the NCAA in October to respond to the allegations.

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UConn was cited for: "not monitoring the conduct and administration of the men’s basketball staff in areas of: telephone records, representatives of the institution’s athletic interests, and complimentary admissions or discretionary tickets.”

The NCAA investigation stemmed from a Yahoo Sports report in March 2009 that alleged former team manager, Josh Nochimson helped guide recruit Nate Miles to UConn. Nochimson reportedly arranged for Miles’ transportation, lodging, meals, and representation.

Because he was a former team manager, Nochimson was considered a representative of the school’s athletic program. Thus, he was prohibited from having contact with Miles.

Documents later released by the school showed pages of phone and text records between Nochimson and UConn coaches Calhoun and Tim Moore.

Miles was eventually expelled from UConn in October 2008 after he was charged with violating a restraining order in a case involving a woman he allegedly assaulted. He never played a game for the Huskies.

UConn finished 18-16 last season after Calhoun took a medical leave of absence in January, missing seven games with an undisclosed condition.

The real question is whether anyone is really surprised by the allegations.

A college recruiting violation scandal?

Ho hum.

If colleges really want to start shocking people with their headlines, they should try to graduate more than 50 percent of their college football and basketball players.