|UConn coach Jim Calhoun will serve his three-game suspension next season. (Joe Raymond/Associated Press)|
Minor hit for UConn
Huskies escape tournament ban
UConn coach Jim Calhoun was suspended by the NCAA for three games next season for recruiting violations committed under his watch, though the program dodged a major sanction when it was spared a postseason ban.
Calhoun was cited by the NCAA yesterday for failing to create an atmosphere of compliance within his program and was suspended for the first three Big East games during the 2011-12 season.
The NCAA also hit UConn with scholarship reductions for three academic years, recruiting restrictions, permanent disassociation of a booster, and three years probation.
As a part of the disassociation of the booster, not named in the report, the university will not be able to accept financial contributions, recruiting assistance or provide him with any benefit and privileges.
“We think the penalty is appropriate,’’ said Dennis Thomas, chairman of the Committee on Infractions. “The head coach should be aware, but, also in the same frame, the head coach obviously cannot be aware of everything that goes on within the program. However, the head coach bears that responsibility.’’
Thomas said Calhoun will serve the suspension next year because UConn could appeal the decision.
“I am very disappointed with the NCAA’s decision in this case,’’ Calhoun said. “My lawyer and I are evaluating my options and will make a decision which way to proceed. In the meantime, I will not make any further statements about the case as our program prepares for what I hope will be an exciting and successful postseason.’’
The NCAA and the school have been investigating the program since shortly after a report by
As a former team manager, Nochimson is considered a representative of UConn’s athletic interests by the NCAA and prohibited from giving Miles anything of value.
“We cited the head coach for not being on top of these issues with the agent, the booster,’’ Thomas said. “The head coach stated that the booster was a member of the family during his days as team manager.’’
Miles was expelled in October 2008 without ever playing for the Huskies.
The school imposed sanctions on itself, including reducing scholarships from 13 to 12 for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The NCAA also tacked on scholarship reductions from 13 to 12 for 2012-13.
Two members of last year’s basketball staff, Beau Archibald, the director of basketball operations, and assistant coach Patrick Sellers lost their jobs after allegations they provided false and misleading information to the NCAA.