Notice of allegations: Jim Calhoun failed to 'promote an atmosphere of compliance'

This morning, UConn published the details of the NCAA's notice of allegations against the basketball program on its website. The allegations, which are related to the recruitment of former Husky Nate Miles, come after 15 months of NCAA investigations and the resignation of two UConn assistants yesterday. UConn has until Aug. 20 to give a response to the allegations to the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Head coach Jim Calhoun is listed in the notice for failing "to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the men's basketball program and a failure to adequately monitor the program to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation regarding telephone calls, text messages and benefits provided by a representative of the institution's athletic interests."

The most damning aspect of the report (to my eyes) is the allegation that two members of the basketball staff provided either false or misleading information to both the NCAA and the school. The two members of the staff aren't named, and I will not speculate about who they are, but again, two members of the basketball staff stepped down yesterday.

In addition, UConn itself is cited for "a failure by the institution to adequately monitor the conduct and administration of the men's basketball staff in the areas of: telephone records, representatives of the institution's athletics interests; and, complimentary admissions or discretionary tickets."

The allegations also include impermissible phone calls and benefits provided to recruits, and providing impermissible use of free tickets.

The press release indicates that UConn will not any further comment on the matter at this time, but they are holding a press conference right now, so we'll see what comes out today.

The full release is after the jump, and we'll have much more throughout the day.

 

STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut announced Friday that it has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA pertaining to the men's basketball program.

This notice is the result of 15 months of review by the NCAA and the University in response to published reports in March of 2009 which alleged NCAA violations by current and former members of the UConn men's basketball staff.

This notice of allegations concludes the initial fact-finding portion of the NCAA review. The University has until August 20, 2010 to provide its response to the notice of allegations to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. During this period, the University will continue to review and collect information in regard to this case. University representatives are scheduled to appear before the committee in Indianapolis on October 15-16, 2010.

The notice contains eight allegations of violation of NCAA Bylaws including:
-Impermissible phone calls and text messages to prospective student-athletes;
-Impermissible benefits provided to a prospective student-athlete by a representative of the institution's athletic interests; -Impermissible benefit to a prospective student-athlete by a member of the basketball staff;
-Allegations against two (2) members of the basketball staff for providing false and misleading information to the NCAA Enforcement staff and to the institution;
-Providing impermissible complimentary admissions or discretionary tickets;
-A failure by the head men's basketball coach to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the men's basketball program and a failure to adequately monitor the program to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation regarding telephone calls, text messages and benefits provided by a representative of the institution's athletic interests;
-A failure by the institution to adequately monitor the conduct and administration of the men's basketball staff in the areas of: telephone records, representatives of the institution's athletics interests; and, complimentary admissions or discretionary tickets.


 

 


The University and Athletic Department will not be making any further comments as this is an ongoing process with the NCAA.

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