The Huskies have been penalized due to improper phone calls, texts, and benefits to a recruit. NCAA investigators said UConn’s staff made hundreds of improper calls and text messages to recruits, gave recruits improper benefits, and improperly distributed free tickets to high school coaches and others.
The penalties imposed by the NCAA include:
- Suspending Head Coach Jim Calhoun for three Big East games
- Placing the program on three years probation
- Reducing scholarships from 13 to 12 for the next three years
- Limiting Connecticut to five official paid recruiting visits for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years
- Placing a two-year show-cause penalty on former UConn assistant Beau Archibald
- Forcing UConn to distance themselves from former manager-turned-agent Josh Nochimson
The NCAA investigation centered around former UConn player Nate Miles who was kicked off the basketball team due to violating a restraining order. He reportedly received lodging, transportation, meals, and representation from Nochimson. UConn self-imposed penalties last fall in response to an NCAA notice of allegations that dealt with eight major recruiting violations within the men’s basketball program. Those included a reduction in scholarships and the program cutting ties with Archibald and fellow assistant Patrick Sellers.