|C. VIVIAN STRINGER Rutgers struggling with depth|
The University of Connecticut said it self-reported a secondary violation of NCAA rules involving the recruiting of player Maya Moore.
The violation occurred in 2005, when the women's basketball office arranged for Moore to tour the studios of ESPN in Bristol.
It was first reported last week by ESPN.
The school says it learned of the violation last year, and recently completed a review of all the facts, resulting in the school reporting it to the NCAA. The school did not say when that report was made.
The NCAA defines a secondary violation as one that is inadvertent or doesn't represent a significant competitive advantage. Penalties are usually minor, and can include a letter in the school's file.
School officials said yesterday UConn and the NCAA "now consider this matter closed."
Jennifer Kearns, a spokeswoman for the NCAA, says the association does not comment on secondary violations.
Rutgers needs consistencyIt's a new tournament and a fresh focus for Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer and the Scarlet Knights (24-6) as they prepared to leave for Des Moines for a first-round game Saturday against Robert Morris (23-9).
"Our biggest task is not so much the physical side, it's the mental side," Stringer said. "We just have to believe no one stops us."
All five of last year's starters - Matee Ajavon, Epiphanny Prince, Kia Vaughn, Heather Zurich, and Essence Carson - are back and they are battle-tested, having played 15 games against teams in the tournament.
The biggest concern is depth. Season-ending injuries to Myia McCurdy and Khadijah Rushdan have left eight healthy players, a major issue for Stringer.
"I already have seen how we reacted [this season] and it's not good," Stringer said. "We've won games, but we are struggling. We are struggling."