The University of Connecticut has announced this its men's basketball program has committed major NCAA recruiting violations and has imposed its own sanctions as punishment. The penalties include a removal of postseason play and a reduced scholarship over the next two seasons. The crime? During a 15-month NCAA investigation, The UConn men's basketball program:
Exchanged nearly 400 impermissible telephone calls and text messages with recruits
Former student-manager provided impermissible benefits to a recruit as the student-manager turned agent
The director of basketball operations provided false and misleading information to NCAA investigators
Former assistant coach provided false and misleading information to NCAA investigators
Provided impermissible complementary tickets to coaches or friends of recruits
Coach Jim Calhoun said that he was not aware or involved with a majority of the above issues of compliance and is scheduled to meet with the NCAA investigations committee next week.