UConn finds 8 recruiting violations

STORRS - . (AP) - The University of Connecticut says the NCAAhas found eight violations in the school's men's basketballprogram.

The alleged violations include improper phone calls and textmessages to recruits, and giving recruits improper benefits. CoachJim Calhoun was cited Friday for failing to "promote an atmosphereof compliance."

Calhoun, who turned 68 this month, has had several healthproblems. He led the Huskies to two national championships andrecently signed a five-year, $13 million contract.

UConn was 18-16 last season. Calhoun took a medical leave ofabsence in January, missing seven games with an undisclosedcondition.

The school released an infractions letter it received from theNCAA following a 15-month investigation. UConn is to appear beforethe governing body in October to respond.

The announcement on the Storrs campus came a day after assistantcoach Patrick Sellers and director of basketball operations BeauArchibald resigned.

UConn as an institution was cited for not adequately monitoring"the conduct and administration of the men's basketball staff inthe areas of: telephone records, representatives of theinstitution's athletics interests; and, complimentary admissions ordiscretionary tickets."

In a written statement, the university and its athleticdepartment declined to comment on the allegations, citing "anongoing process" with the NCAA.

The NCAA and the school have been investigating the programsince shortly after a report by Yahoo! Sports in March 2009 thatformer team manager Josh Nochimson helped guide basketball recruitNate Miles to Connecticut, giving him lodging, transportation,meals and representation.

As a former team manager, Nochimson could be considered arepresentative of UConn's athletic interests by the NCAA andprohibited from having contact with Miles or giving him anything ofvalue.

Documents released by the school showed pages and pages of phoneand text message correspondence between Nochimson and UConn coachesCalhoun, Tom Moore, who is now head coach at Quinnipiac, andSellers.

Miles was expelled from UConn in October 2008 without everplaying a game for the Huskies after he was charged with violatinga restraining order in a case involving a woman who claimed heassaulted her. He played during the 2008-09 season for the Collegeof Southern Idaho, and was cut last November by the NBA DevelopmentLeague's Sioux Falls Skyforce.

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