Yahoo! Reports that UConn Broke Recruiting Rules

uconn_logo1Yahoo! Sports has reported that UConn may have committed major violations of NCAA rules in the recruitment of basketball player Nate Miles.  In a story written by Adrian Wojnarowski and Dan Wetzel,  UConn is linked to former student manager turned agent Josh Nochimson in connection with two potential violations of NCAA rules in the recruitment of Miles.  Miles was expelled from UConn without ever playing a game for the Huskies.

The first alleged violation involves improper benefits received by Miles. 

Miles was provided with lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation by Josh Nochimson – a professional sports agent and former UConn student manager – between 2006 and 2008, according to multiple sources. As a representative of UConn’s athletic interests, NCAA rules barred Nochimson from having contact with Miles or from providing him with anything of value. –-Wojnarowski and Wetzel

Nochimson fits the broad definition of “a representative of UConn’s athletic interests” as a UConn alumnus.   Under NCAA rules, a representative retains such status for life, and UConn “is ultimately responsible for the acts of all “representatives of athletics interests” in relation to NCAA rules and regulations.” 

The second alleged violation involves phone calls and text messages:

UConn may have committed major recruiting violations by exceeding NCAA limits on phone calls to Miles and those closest to him, records show.  The NCAA allows a single phone call per month to a prospect or his family in a player’s junior year of high school.  That limit was exceeded over several months from late 2006 into 2007.  In December of 2006, for instance, former UConn assistant coach Tom Moore made 27 calls to Miles’ guardian and a person Miles referred to as an uncle.  He made three calls to Miles.  -Wojnarowski and Wetzel

Although NCAA limits on phone calls and text messages appear minor on the surface, similar allegations led to serious problems for former Oklahoma and Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson.

Clearly, this story could not come at a worse time for UConn as they are preparing to advance from the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA tournament.  Stay tuned for more information and analysis on this issue.

UPDATE: Read UConn’s statement here.


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