Connecticut Huskies’ Basketball Team Under NCAA Investigation
May 28th, 2010- By Bryan Cross
The University of Connecticut has come under fire by the NCAA relating to the men’s basketball team and several rules infractions alleged to have occurred.
The eight allegations range from phone call violations to improper benefits and the giving away of tickets to games to high school coaches and other player representatives.
“It’s not exactly, certainly anywhere near the high point of my career, as a matter of fact it’s certainly one of the lowest points at any time that you are accused of doing something,” remarked Connecticut basketball head coach Jim Calhoun “It’s a very serious matter.”
The NCAA has scheduled Connecticut to appear before the NCAA on October 15th of this year to discuss the allegations.
Attorney for the University, Rick Evrard, said that the school will be reviewing the allegations brought forth against them from now until the meeting with the NCAA and if something is found the school will in all likelihood self-impose sanctions.
One of the more serious allegations relates to assistant coaches Beau Archibald and Partick Sellars, who may have lied to the NCAA officials investigating the matters.
Archibald resigned last week, while Sellars left his position over the weekend.
“Coaching is my passion and something I have spent many years of enjoyment doing,” Sellers stated. “I want the record to reflect this and for the people to see the respect and integrity that I will show toward the process in the months ahead.”
Calhoun has been at the helm of Connecticut basketball for 24 season, where has has won two national titles, the latest in 2004.
“I am confident that the university will appropriately address and respond to this matter and continue cooperating fully with the NCAA as this process moves forward,” said Connecticut president Michael Hogan by way of a statement.
The NCAA addressed the issues at hand in the matter of a letter to the school.
“The men’s basketball staff knew or should have known about the benefits provided by Nochimson due to their knowledge of Nochimson’s status as a professional basketball agent and his relationship and contact with [blacked out]….,” the NCAA said to the University.
Calhoun vowed to find out the truth if infractions occurred.
“I’m going to be educated by certain matters, if in fact we did make mistakes, which I think I said 15 months ago,” Calhoun said. “We’ll finalize some of that over the next 90 days and we will go forward.”
Connecticut finished this past season just 18-16, failing to make the NCAA Tournament and losing in the second round of the NIT despite being a betting contender by Online Sportsbooks to win the national championship.