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NCAA finds UConn committed 8 violations in men's basketball program

Storrs – The NCAA issued the University of Connecticut a notice of eight allegations of violations involving the men’s basketball program, resulting in the resignation of assistant coaches Patrick Sellers and Beau Archibald.

UConn coach Jim Calhoun, named in one of the allegations, called Friday “a low point” and a “very difficult day” during a news conference Friday morning at Gampel Pavilion.

Rick Evrard, the university’s legal counsel for NCAA-related matters, said the university would likely take the allotted 90 days to respond to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. University representatives will appear before the committee on Oct. 15-16 in Indianapolis.

Potential sanctions for the program won’t be known until the conclusion of the Oct. meeting.

The NCAA report follows a 15-month of review by the NCAA and UConn in response to a published report on Yahoo! sports in March, 2009, alleging NCAA violations by current and former members of the UConn men’s basketball staff.

The notice of allegations identifies Archibald and Sellers as “providing false and misleading information to the NCAA enforcement staff.”

Archibald and Sellers, among others, exchanged numerous and impermissible phone calls and text messages with Josh Nochimson, a former team manager and former player agent, whom the NCAA has identified as a representative of the institution’s athletic interests.

The report documented hundreds of phone calls and text messages between Nochimson and UConn staff members during the recruitment of Nate Miles, a former UConn recruit who was expelled in Oct., 2008, after he was arrested for violating a restraining order taken out by a female student.

Sellers, 41, was on staff for six seasons, three as director of basketball operations and three as an assistanf coach. Archibald, 33, a former UConn player, spent three seasons as UConn’s director of basketball operations.

In addition to the impermissible phone calls, text messages and benefits, the allegations also target Calhoun and the athletic department:

“ … a failure by the head men's basketball coach to promote an atmosphere of compliance in the men's basketball program and a failure to adequately monitor the program to ensure compliance with NCAA legislation regarding telephone calls, text messages and benefits provided by a representative of the institution's athletic interests;

“(and) a failure by the institution to adequately monitor the conduct and administration of the men's basketball staff in the areas of: telephone records, representatives of the institution's athletics interests; and, complimentary admissions or discretionary tickets.”
Athletic director Jeff Hathaway and Calhoun cited the ongoing process as a reason for an inability to address any specific allegations. Both read prepared statements.

“Let me be clear that the University of Connecticut is fully committed to NCAA rules compliance and takes this matter very seriously,” Hathaway said. “With regard to coach Calhoun, he personally has a long standing history of demonstrated commitment to NCAA compliance. We appreciate his continued commitment, as well as the full cooperation and support that he has provided throughout this process.”

Calhoun, addressing another question, said, “I’m not defeated … (and) I’m going to be educated. … We will go forward.”

Outgoing university president Michael Hogan wrote in a prepared statement, “the university and the athletic division are taking this very seriously, as we should. 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.”


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