We’ve been waiting to see what the response that UConn would have to the NCAA allegations against the UConn Huskies men’s basketball program and now we finally have our answers. UConn had submitted it’s response to the NCAA back on September 7th but due to privacy laws, it just became public today.
In response to the NCAA allegations, the UConn men’s basketball program will see a reduction in scholarships from 13 to 12 over the next two seasons (2010-11, 2011-12). They have also self-imposed a two year probation period as part of their admittance to several NCAA violations. UConn also reduced the number of permissable phone calls coaches can make to recruits.
UConn also stated that there was not enough evidence that head coach Jim Calhoun “failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance”
“This report reflects our thorough and extensive review of the facts in this case pertaining to our men’s basketball program,” said UConn Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway. “In the course of this review, it became clear that there were some areas of oversight that needed to be addressed. We have worked diligently during the past several months to address these issues and, as a result, have improved the administration of the program. Our immediate attention is focused on the meeting in Indianapolis with the Committee on Infractions, and we look forward to using this experience to improve the operation of our entire intercollegiate athletics program.”
One thing to keep in mind folks is that just because UConn reduced the scholarships, the phone calls and self-imposed a two-year probation period on the men’s basketball program, doesn’t mean the NCAA will accept it. UConn will meet with the NCAA Committee on Infractions on October 15th.
In that meeting, the NCAA will decide if UConn’s self-imposed punishments are enough or if more are merited or they could even make a few tweaks to what UConn has already done.
All in all this isn’t too bad but of course it probably should have never happened in the first place.
If you’re interested in reading a lot of redacted material, be sure to check out UConn’s response to the NCAA allegations.