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NCAAB; Report: NCAA Found Violations at UConn

April 29, 2010

The Wall Street Journal released a lengthy story Wednesday that indicates the following:

**A source told the paper that NCAA investigators have found violations at the school

**An NCAA report will be issued “in the near future”

**Head coach Jim Calhoun has yet to sign his contract extension

A year ago, Yahoo! Sports chronicled NCAA violations which occurred during UConn’s pursuit of recruit Nate Miles.

The Tampa Tribune later reported that Josh Nochimson, a former UConn student manager who became a sports agent, paid several thousand dollars for Miles to have surgery in December 2007.

“Could I have made a mistake? Sure.” Calhoun told Yahoo! Sports during the 2009 NCAA tournament. “The [rules] manual is 508 pages. Someone could’ve made a mistake.”

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the NCAA has told UConn that an investigation into the men’s basketball program uncovered rules violations and a report will soon be released.

The paper also said coach Jim Calhoun’s contract extension has not been signed and quoted a lawyer who suggested UConn would be wise to wait until the NCAA report before announcing the new deal. If the school announced the signing, the lawyer said, it might appear that UConn has decided how it thinks the case is going to turn out.

Calhoun told the Journal that the sides are “signatures away” from completing a four-year contract after an issue involving his role at the school upon retirement was recently resolved.


A UConn source also said Calhoun’s new contract will be signed soon and that the sides are still discussing some fine points, including Calhoun’s retirement package. The sides are also discussing Calhoun’s role in choosing his successor, although the source told The Courant that issue won’t be a sticking point.

Calhoun, who will turn 68 in May, is in the final year of a $9.1 million, six-year contract that expires June 30. Throughout this past season, Calhoun said the extension was close to completion and he did not plan to retire.

Last month, Calhoun issued a statement reiterating his intention to coach. A few days later, Calhoun told Courant columnist Jeff Jacobs that recruits were being misled about his future so he repeated that he was returning.

The Journal quotes the mother of Baltimore guard Josh Selby as saying there was concern about Calhoun’s future. Selby, a top-rated point guard, chose Kansas.

“In Josh’s mind, that was a concern — just how long [Calhoun is] going to be there,” Maishon Witherspoon said.

But Calhoun said in the story that Selby never asked about the coach’s future during his recruitment. A school source said Selby’s mother seemed to have more interest in UConn than Selby showed during the recruiting process.

Last Stand For UConn’s Jim Calhoun? [Wall Street Journal]

Calhoun has said other recruits inquired about his future, although players have told The Courant that the coach’s status had no bearing on their decision-making. Forward Roscoe Smith of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia told The Courant that he discussed Calhoun’s future with the coach before signing with UConn.

“When I talked to Coach Calhoun, he [already] had given me his word he wasn’t retiring,” Smith said. “Not just me, but any top national recruit will always worry about the coach because you’re putting your career and future in the hands of the coach. I had my doubts, but I just stayed positive with the whole situation and I trusted Coach Calhoun.”

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