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UConn proposes self punishments

Associated Press / February 9, 2012
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UConn has proposed reducing the number of games it will play next season if the NCAA grants a waiver to allow the Huskies to play in the 2013 men’s basketball tournament.

The school is barred from the NCAA Tournament, a penalty for years of below-standard academic results, but it requested a waiver last month.

That document, obtained by the AP under a Freedom of Information request, outlines proposed self-imposed penalties to be instituted if the request is granted.

Those include forfeiting the revenue awarded to the Big East for participating in the 2013 tournament, reducing the number of regular-season games played in the 2012-13 season from 27 to 23, and barring coach Jim Calhoun from meeting off-campus with prospective recruits during the fall.

“Collectively, the university’s proposal will clearly send the message that the institution fully accepts the responsibility for past failings,’’ the school writes in its waiver request.

The Big East, which would lose revenue under the proposal, declined to say if it supports the proposal.

The schedule changes also would include eliminating exhibition games next season, but would not impact the team’s play at the Paradise Jam tournament in the Virgin Islands.

“We believe that we have made a very compelling case to the NCAA and will be deeply disappointed if our request for a waiver from the 2013 men’s basketball postseason ban is denied,’’ UConn president Susan Herbst said.

The waiver request outlines the school’s Academic Improvement Plan - new programs and penalties to improve the team’s academic standing.

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