Calhoun suspended for first three Big East games next season

By Mac Cerullo, Sports Editor

Jim Calhoun has been suspended for the first three Big East games of next season by the NCAA committee on infractions for failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance and for failing to properly monitor phone calls, text messages and the recruiting inducements issued by a booster.

Although UConn was issued numerous other sanctions, a postseason ban was not among them.

Here are the punishments UConn has been handed down, according to the NCAA’s infraction report.

• Three years of probation from Feb. 22, 2011, through Feb. 21, 2014.

• Calhoun will be suspended from all coaching duties for the first three Big East games of the 2011-12 season. He cannot be present in the arena where the games are played and cannot have contact with the coaching staff or student-athletes during the games.

• Two-year show-cause order for the former operations director Beau Archibald (February 22, 2011, through February 21, 2013).

• Permanent disassociation of booster Josh Nochimson.

• Reduction of men’s basketball athletics scholarships from 13 to 12 for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

• Ban on men’s basketball recruiting calls during the 2011-12 academic year until 30 days after the first day that phone calls are allowed.

• Reduction in the number of men’s basketball coaches allowed to make phone calls from three to two, not including the head basketball coach, for six months after the university’s response to the notice of allegations (self-imposed by the university.)

• Reduction of the number of men’s basketball off-campus recruiting days by 40, from 130 to 90, for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 recruiting periods.

• Limit of five official paid visits for men’s basketball for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

• The head coach, assistant coach and all members of the compliance staff must attend the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar.

• Public reprimand and censure.

Reaction has been quick, yet brief, from school officials. Here are the statements that were released today by President Phillip Austin, AD Jeff Hathaway and coach Calhoun. Here is Austin:

“This is deeply disappointing to the UConn community.  Let me be very clear, we will comply fully with the NCAA’s sanctions and work with great resolve to restore the luster to our men’s basketball program.” ~ Phillip Austin.

Here is Hathaway:

“We have worked closely with the NCAA from the time we learned of the allegations.

When we submitted our response to the NCAA Committee on Infractions acknowledging violations in the men’s basketball program, we immediately self-imposed a series of penalties and corrective measures that are included as part of the NCAA Committee on Infractions report.   We are disappointed that the Committee determined that additional penalties needed to be imposed.

We value the principles of the NCAA and fully recommit ourselves to running a program of impeccable integrity.” ~ Jeff Hathaway.

And here is Jim Calhoun:

“I am very disappointed with the NCAA’s decision in this case. My lawyer and I are evaluating my options and will make a decision which way to proceed.

In the meantime, I will not make any further statements about the case as our program prepares for what I hope will be an exciting and successful postseason.” ~ Jim Calhoun.

The NCAA’s findings can be found at the following links.

Official NCAA Release

University of Connecticut Infractions Report

Oct. 8, 2010 Release on NCAA Notice of Allegations

May 28, 2010 Release on NCAA Notice of Allegations

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