Officials at a Tampa, Fla., medical facility might have violated federal law by speaking to NCAA investigators about former UConn recruit Nate Miles, according to a story published Tuesday by Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com.
Nate Miles, who never played a game at UConn, had foot surgery at the Tampa Bay Bone and Joint Center in 2008. It was discovered that Josh Nochimson, a former UConn student manager who eventually became an agent, paid for the surgery, an “extra benefit” by the NCAA’s definition.
Dodd cited two attorneys who believe the Tampa Bay Bone and Joint Center violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). In its report, the NCAA infractions committee referred to contact being made with “the doctor who performed the procedure on (Miles),” according to CBS.
The take-home: To comply with HIPAA, the Tampa Bay Bone and Joint Center officials would have needed permission from Miles to discuss his medical condition. Miles, whose illegal recruitment led to a three-game suspension for Calhoun, a dock in scholarships and probation, told CBSSports that he never granted permission. So, some information obtained to bring major recruiting violations against UConn apparently should not have been released.
Really, though, that’s the doctor’s fault — not the NCAA’s.
Unfortunately for UConn, all of the other information — the lodging, transportation and meals paid for by Nochimson; the illegal text messages — is still part of the case. And since Calhoun retired and the scholarships were already docked, what can the NCAA do?