Jim Calhoun and The UConn men’s basketball team has had a rough last year. Personally, Jim Calhoun has had to deal with health issues and the team is coming off of an 18-16 season. With the uncertainty of Calhoun’s future hovering and their recent struggles in recruiting, things aren’t looking good in Storrs. But things may get worse as there is a report that the NCAA is readying a report that will entail recruiting violations that the Huskies’ have committed.
After an 18-16 season in which the team missed the NCAA tournament and Mr. Calhoun took a seven-game leave for medical reasons, the coach and the school have been unable to finalize a new contract.
The delay in the negotiations and the uncertainty about the coach’s health has already convinced one of the nation’s top recruits to rule out playing at UConn. In another setback for the coach, a person familiar with the matter said a representative from the NCAA, which has been investigating Mr. Calhoun’s program for possible recruiting violations, has informed the school that investigators have found violations and will be issuing a report in the near future.
UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway and Mr. Calhoun declined to comment on the status of the NCAA investigation. They also agreed that the investigation has not been a factor in contract discussions.
If you are wondering where this may be coming from, think back to 2009 when UConn was in the news for making improper contact with recruits. That is when the NCAA started to take notice.
In March 2009, published reports based on public phone records alleged that members of the UConn men’s basketball staff and a former team manager had made improper contact with a recruit named Nate Miles by providing meals and exceeding the allowable number of calls and texts. According to school officials, the NCAA and the school began independent investigations into the matter last year. A spokeswoman for the NCAA says the organization does not comment on investigations until they are completed.
If this report holds true, it may be an ugly end to stellar career for Jim Calhoun.
Last Stand for UConn’s Calhoun? (Wall Street Journal)
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