The NCAA has offered its final report on the UConn men’s basketball program as it relates to the Nate Miles/Josh Nochimson fiasco and the violations.
The main findings by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions, which took some four months to put together its report, stiffen the penalties self-imposed by UConn and whacked its veteran coach pretty good.
For starters, the NCAA found coach Jim Calhoun did indeed fail to promote a culture of compliance and suspended him for the first three conference games next season.
The NCAA also hit former UConn director of operations Beau Archibald pretty hard, giving him a two-year show cause.
Former UConn assistant Pat Sellers was not mentioned and faces no punishment. He was essentially cleared.
There is no postseason ban among the penalties, as expected.
UConn’s probationary period was extended from two years to three. And the years it will be forced to reduce its scholarship total by one was extended from two years to three.
The penalties imposed by the NCAA are as follows:
– Public reprimand and censure.
– Three years of probation from Feb. 22, 2011, through Feb. 21, 2014.
– The head coach (Jim Calhoun) must be suspended from all coaching duties for the first three conference games of the 2011-12 season. He cannot be present in the arena where the games are played and cannot have contact with the coaching staff or student-athletes during the games.
– Two-year show-cause order for the former operations director (Beau Archibald).
– Permanent disassociation of the involved booster (Josh Nochimson).
– Reduction of men’s basketball athletics scholarships from 13 to 12 for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
– Ban on men’s basketball recruiting calls during the 2011-12 academic year until 30 days after the first day that phone calls are allowed.
– Reduction in the number of men’s basketball coaches allowed to make phone calls from three to two, not including the head basketball coach, for six months after the university’s response to the notice of allegations (self-imposed by the university).
– Reduction of the number of men’s basketball off-campus recruiting days by 40, from 130 to 90, for the 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 recruiting periods.
– Limit of five official paid visits for men’s basketball for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
– The head coach, assistant coach and all members of the compliance staff must attend the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar.
The members of the Committee on Infractions who reviewed this case include Dr. Dennis Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and chair of the Committee on Infractions. Other members are Britton Banowsky, commissioner of Conference USA; John S. Black, attorney; Eleanor Myers, faculty athletics representative and law professor at Temple University; Josephine (Jo) R. Potuto, the Richard H. Larson Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Nebraska College of Law; Roscoe C. Howard Jr., attorney; and James O’Fallon, law professor and faculty athletics representative for University of Oregon.