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Did U-Conn Break NCAA Recruiting Regulations?

If you've got the time, here's the story that's sure to be talked about ad nauseum the next few days. Seems that Connecticut might have violated many NCAA rules in its pursuit of a player who got kicked out of school last fall before ever suiting up for practice. It will be interesting to see how everyone involved responds. What does Coach Jim Calhoun say? (My guess? Declines to answer any questions directly and denies breaking any rules.) How about Quinnipiac's Tom Moore, who as a Connecticut assistant seems to be one of the chief rule-breakers? Connecticut administrators? The NCAA? One thing that I couldn't help but notice: Connecticut received a public records request in October and did not respond until just before the NCAA tournament began? Bad timing.

By Josh Barr  | March 25, 2009; 2:52 PM ET
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I never in a million years would have thought that a basketball program that starts a guy who steals laptops from other students would turn out to be ethically questionable.

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 25, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse


You just proved you don't know ANYTHING about Calhoun! I will hold comment about coach K, because I don't know him!

Posted by: caphcky | March 5, 2009 3:53 PM

Not referencing anything about them in a personal way (i.e. how they treat their family and friends or conduct themselves in public). My comment has to do with the mountaintop Vital puts them on when both Calhoun and Coach K have dipped their hands deep in the cesspool of recruiting. If you think Calhoun is 100% above board recruiting players, you are very much in the minority. And as for Coach K...........WHERE DO YOU WANT TO START?

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 5, 2009 4:01 PM

Got anything to say today caphcky? Tell us all about your boy Calhoun and the program he runs..........

/hears Vital defend him
//throws up in my mouth

Posted by: virtueandvice | March 25, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

And yet we will still see Gary Williams pilloried despite the fact that nothing like this will ever touch the Maryland program.

History will judge Coach Williams with great reverence one day.

Posted by: settleten | March 25, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Did the UCONS break NCAA recruiting regulations?

More like, when don't the UCONS break NCAA recruiting regulations...

Seriously Mr. Barr, did you even read the link you posted? Adrian Wojnarowski and Dan Wetzel posted the phone records of various UCONS making illegal contact with the recruit.

Oh, and, Hi caphcky!

Posted by: CapsNut | March 25, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

This is going to make the NCAA very, very angry, so angry that they'll be forced to find some "directional" school to throw the book at. Look out Western Kentucky and East Tennessee State!

Posted by: bucky_katt | March 25, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

I've wanted to see Calhoun go down in flames ever since he suspended AJ Price for the entire season after he had brain surgery and Calhoun knew he couldnt play, yet allowed the starting PG (Marcus William) back onto the team after they had each committed the same crime. Scumbag deserves to roast.

Posted by: asnis715 | March 25, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Calhoun is FILTHY... just don't expect Prisbell or Yanda to talk about it, they just want to drag Gary Williams over the coals in a 3 part series about NOTHING. I'll look online for free, but I have cancelled my COMPOST subscription!

Posted by: shrshot | March 26, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse mean the same coach who paid $25,000 to an AAU coach of a top incoming recruit to put together a non-existent basketball team to play an exhibition game against UConn, actually broke a NCAA rules violation? I am sure they will get the book thrown at them...LOL.

Posted by: lavar609 | March 26, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Somewhere Gary Williams is laughing.

Posted by: mkremnitzer0 | March 26, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

USC, Reggie Bush/OJ Mayo never gets investigated, so I think UCONN can breathe easier

Posted by: cr10 | March 26, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Could someone please explain....
The coaches make millions a year as public employees. The good players almost never graduate and many aren't really students to begin with. Plus shoe contracts, sponsored arenas, etc.

So if big time college sports are a business, why should anyone care how many text messages a coach sends or how much contact he has with a recruit? Is there really that much integrity left in it to care?

Posted by: lkfkd876 | March 27, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

What??? Jim Calhoun break the rules??? NO WAY!!! 3 more thoughts. . .Rudy Gay, Rudy Gay, Rudy Gay.

Enough Said.

Posted by: Highrock1 | March 27, 2009 8:00 AM | Report abuse

It has come to pass that one of the most reviled programs in TerpLand and possibly the nation has been caught. Jim Calhoun and his loyal minions at Connecticut have been hard at work plying the dark side of the basketball force for too long.

Through the Rudy Gay saga, the Nate Miles story and Ater Majok; the Senator Palpatine act of Calhoun had worn thin. We all knew his was truly the emperor of the dark side. His rebuke ("I'm not giving a dime back! Not a dime!") to a reporter who dared to question how much $ he was making as the coach ($1.6 mil at least) was the start of the end.

Posted by: wayneterps | March 27, 2009 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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