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UConn Responds to NCAA With 2-Year Probation



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    UConn coach Jim Calhoun is taking a medical leave of absence as UConn men's basketball coach on the advice of his doctor.

    UConn has responded to NCAA’s charges and has self-imposed a two-year period of probation and will reduce the number of scholarships from 13 to 12 for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

    UConn athletic officials said some “areas of oversight need to be addressed,” and that the school and the NCAA enforcement staff reached an agreement on Sept. 21 that the period the school has been charged for failing to monitor its men's basketball program be reduced from four years to two years.

    UConn will be making its case before the Committee on Infractions on Oct. 15.

    Calls to the NCAA were not immediately returned.

    “At the end of the institution's pre-hearing conference on September 21, the charges concerning the University's failure to monitor and head men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun's failure to promote an atmosphere for compliance were narrowed to a two-year period (2007-2009), rather than four years as previously alleged. The enforcement staff also removed all references to impermissible calls placed by associate head coach George Blaney,” UConn said in a release.

    The school also said it would cut the permissible number of telephone calls coaches make to prospective student-athletes and "recruiting person days."

    "I am deeply disappointed the university is in this position," UConn president Philip Austin. "It is clear mistakes have been made. This is a serious matter and we have worked in full cooperation with the NCAA. We look forward to fully resolving these issues and restoring our men's basketball program to a level of unquestioned integrity."

    UConn athletics officials said evidence does not support the enforcement staff's charge that head men's basketball coach Jim Calhoun "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance".

    University also said it “determined that the men's basketball staff engaged in impermissible telephone calls and text messages and provided game tickets to individuals contrary to NCAA legislation.”

    As well as that “a former staff member provided impermissible assistance to a prospective student-athlete. Further, it was determined that a former men's basketball manager and later professional basketball agent provided impermissible benefits to the same prospective student-athlete. Finally, the University concluded that it failed to monitor the above referenced impermissible activities.”