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UConn Releases Official Letter of Notification From NCAA


Official Release from the University of Connecticut:

May 28, 2010

STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut announced Friday that it has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA pertaining to the men’s basketball program.

This notice is the result of 15 months of review by the NCAA and the University in response to published reports in March of 2009 which alleged NCAA violations by current and former members of the UConn men’s basketball staff.

This notice of allegations concludes the initial fact-finding portion of the NCAA review. The University has until August 20, 2010 to provide its response to the notice of allegations to the NCAA Committee on Infractions. During this period, the University will continue to review and collect information in regard to this case. University representatives are scheduled to appear before the committee in Indianapolis on October 15-16, 2010.

The notice contains eight allegations of violation of NCAA Bylaws including:

-Impermissible phone calls and text messages to prospective student-athletes;

-Impermissible benefits provided to a prospective student-athlete by a representative of the institution’s athletic interests;

-Impermissible benefit to a prospective student-athlete by a member of the basketball staff;

-Allegations against two (2) members of the basketball staff for providing false and misleading information to the NCAA Enforcement staff and to the institution;

-Providing impermissible complimentary admissions or discretionary tickets;

-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;

-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.

The University and Athletic Department will not be making any further comments as this is an ongoing process with the NCAA.

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Two UConn Basketball Coaches Resign – UConn to Hold Press Conference With NCAA on Friday

According to an AP report, UConn will hold a press conference Friday morning as the NCAA will announce a notice of allegations. UConn is expected to reveal the NCAA’s notice of allegations that indicates the NCAA enforcement staff believes that violations have occurred. The notice of allegations, in effect, notifies all involved parties of the alleged violations of NCAA rules uncovered during the inquiry.

This is from Fox News:
Two UConn staff members have parted ways as the NCAA is set to release a notice of allegations on Friday morning stemming from a report more than a year ago which documented numerous rules violations.

Assistant Pat Sellars and director of basketball operations Beau Archibald, according to multiple sources, are both out of jobs

Sources have also told FOXSports.com that UConn is slated to have a news conference on Friday at 10 a.m. to discuss the notice of allegations.

Yahoo! Sports reported in March of 2009 that there were violations in the recruitment of former UConn player Nate Miles and the involvement of former Huskies manager Josh Nochimson — now an agent.

The report stated that phone record showed hundreds of calls and text messages between Nochimson and UConn staff members.

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Update: May 27, 2010 11:34pm ET

Jeff Goodman over at Fox Sports tweeted that, “the official terminology for Pat Sellars [sic] and Beau Archibald’s departure will be “resignation”. However, it wasn’t by choice.”

In addition, Goodman tweeted that two of the names being mentioned to replace Sellers and Archibald are former Huskies Donyell Marshall and Kevin Ollie.

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Rentschler Field Welcomes USA Soccer For World Cup Warm-Up Match


Rentschler Field is usually the home of UConn Football, but on Tuesday night a different kind of football will be played at The Rent in East Hartford. The United States National Soccer Team will play the first of three World Cup warm-up games, in East Hartford against the Czech Republic.

USA Manager Bob Bradley is excited to have his team play in Connecticut.

“The game in Hartford is an important part of our preparations for the World Cup,” Bradley said. “We have always had great experiences playing at Rentschler Field, and we think it will be a special night for the fans and the team.”

After the game against the Czechs, USA will conclude its Send-Off Series with a game against Turkey at Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field May 29 before departing the country May 30.

USA’s final tune-up will be June 5 against Australia in South Africa.

It’s a great stage for UConn, as they host team USA before they head to South Africa for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which begins June 11th.

Tuesday’s game is at 7:30pm ET and can be seen on ESPN.

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UConn News and Notes From the Past Month

A lot has gone on at the University of Connecticut over the past month. Changes have been made, the biggest of which has come from the top. UConn President Michael Hogan has announced his resignation, as he will leave at the end of June to become the President at the University of Illinois. His departure leaves a mighty void in leadership for UConn in the coming months. With the talk about UConn possibly leaving the Big East for the Big Ten or ACC, the lack of an experienced UConn leader might hurt the university’s chances of moving to a top conference like the Big Ten.

– Speaking of the Big Ten…The Conference held their annual meetings of athletic directors and coaches in Chicago, this past week. Many thought news on expansion would come out of the meeting, but no new news became available. Conference commissioner Jim Delany made it clear that the conference’s timetable for expansion announcements is 12-18 months. UConn and other schools will have to wait for a possible invite.

– UConn Football continues to gain some respect from national media. Athlon Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN’s Brian Bennett, and other national media, have all ranked or discussed UConn as a preseason top-25 team for the 2010 season. Randy Edsall and his players will have the biggest amount of hype for a season in team history. The Huskies begin the season on September 4th, when they travel to college football powerhouse Michigan.

– The main figure at UConn will be around for a few more years. Men’s Basketball coach, Jim Calhoun, has signed a five-year, $13 million contract. His total compensation in the 2011-12 year will be $2.7 million and he will receive $3 million in each of the final two years of the contract. The new contract includes multiple clauses that could come into play over the next few seasons. Since UConn is under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting violations, UConn can terminate Calhoun if the punishment is large enough. There is also a clause that would allow Calhoun to remain at UConn, even after he retires, as an advisor in the athletic department.


Calhoun explained why he signed the new contract and how he will asses it in the coming years. “I want to coach at UConn,” Calhoun said. “But I also think that I want to make sure I compete with the passion, the energy and be there all the time for them, and that’s what I need to make sure I assess every single year.”

Comparing the amount of money Calhoun will make as the highest paid state employee, to UConn’s other head coaches, Women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma, who has guided his teams to seven NCAA titles, has an average annual salary of $1.6 million. Connecticut football coach Randy Edsall makes about $1.5 million per year.

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Even More Preseason Love For UConn Football


For the second time this week, UConn Football is getting some love from the media. In its annual preseason countdown of the top-25 college football teams for next season, Athlon Sports picked Connecticut as number 20.  While preseason hype doesn’t mean a damn thing come September, it is nice to see the Huskies getting some recognition.

Athlon Sports also decided to put running back Jordan Todman as the cover for the New England issue.  Here’s the release by Athlon.

 

Athlon Sports Names Connecticut No. 20 in Preseason Top-25 Poll

 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Athlon Sports, publisher of the No. 1-selling college football magazine, continues the release of its preseason Top-25 poll at http://www.athlonsports.com. The countdown begins every year on May 1 and leads to the on-sale date of Athlon’s category-leading preseason annuals.

Randy Edsall’s Connecticut Huskies continue the countdown at No. 20 with nine players selected as All-Big East performers. Athlon Sports predicts Connecticut will finish second in the Big East. In the three year period from 2007-09, Athlon Sports led all other preseason football magazines in prediction accuracy.*

“Connecticut has continued to show improvement under Randy Edsall,” says Athlon Sports managing editor Mitch Light. “With a friendly schedule, and 16 returning starters, including the dynamic Jordan Todman in the backfield, the Huskies have an excellent chance to claim their first league title in this year’s wide open Big East.”

Athlon names offensive guard Zach Hurd Third-Team All-America.

Tight end Ryan Griffin, center Moe Petrus, linebacker Scott Lutrus, linebacker Lawrence Wilson and kick returner Jordan Todman join Hurd as All-Big East First Team members.

Todman is also named Second-Team All-Big East as a running back.

Offensive lineman Mike Ryan, defensive lineman Kendall Reyes and cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson made the All-Big East Third Team.

Athlon Sports’ preseason magazines hit retail locations June 1 with the Connecticut Big East regional edition cover featuring Jordan Todman. Athlon’s entire selection of regional editions and team-specific covers are available for pre-order at http://www.athlonsports.com/store.

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Sports Illustrated Post Spring Top-25 Football Rankings: UConn Gets Some Love


Sports Illustrated, and College Football writer Andy Staples, released their post spring practice top-25 college football rankings for next fall. While the normal suspects of Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, and Florida made their way into the rankings, so did Randy Edsall’s UConn Huskies. The Huskies checked in at number 24 on the list. UConn is usually not given preseason respect, or any respect for that matter, but after a strong finish to the 2009 season, and a host of capable returning starters, UConn is finally getting some love from the media. Along with SI, ESPN‘s Big East Blogger Brian Bennett has stated many times that he feels UConn is a top-25 team next year. Bennett also feels UConn will compete for the Big East Championship along with Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, both of which were also included in SI’s top-25.

For the full rankings by Sports Illustrated Click Here.

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