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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 6:09 pm  |  30 responses

Report: UConn Violated NCAA Rules

by Ryne Nelson

Rip Hamilton’s former agent Josh Nochimson is at the center of violations centering around UConn’s recruitment of “high-risk” recruit Nate Miles.

From Adrian Wojnarowski and Dan Wetzel of Yahoo!!!!:

The University of Connecticut violated NCAA rules in the recruitment of former guard Nate Miles, a six-month investigation by Yahoo! Sports has found.

Miles was provided with lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation by Josh Nochimson – a professional sports agent and former UConn student manager – between 2006 and 2008, according to multiple sources. As a representative of UConn’s athletic interests, Nochimson was prohibited by NCAA rules from having contact with Miles and from providing him with anything of value.

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From that first meeting until Miles was expelled from the university in October 2008 for violating a restraining order brought by a female student, Nochimson played an integral role in the player’s life. The agent guided Miles, who had social and academic difficulties, through a jagged journey to Connecticut.

There have been a couple pervading immediate reactions to this report: 1) The team should never have been involved with an agent, and 2) UConn should never have gone after after a “high-risk” player like Miles. The truth is every big recruit has barnacles like Nochimson attached to him, and the process is already well-ingrained into the college landscape. In addition, Caron Butler was a “high-risk” prospect who obviously was the right choice to recruit.

Wojnarowski and Wetzel worked on the report since last Fall, and a timed release of this information seems to be aimed for maximum impact — UConn plays its Sweet 16 match against Purdue tomorrow. The story, however, which cites information obtained from the Freedom of Information Act, has been meticulously researched and contains some serious violations.

While the allegations are no where near as numerous and extreme as those charged against Indiana’s former head coach Kelvin Sampson — who was forced to resign after his controversial recruitment of many players, including current Clipper rookie Eric Gordon — this report could get coach Jim Calhoun fired. The report also alleges that former assistant coach Tom Moore exceeded limits on phone calls and text messages to Miles and involved Nochimson in Miles’ recruitment. Moore was UConn’s top recruiter for a number of years.

As the kid never played a second for UConn, it will be interesting to see how seriously the NCAA takes this report.

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  • rob

    who cares?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    so what?

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Rob, I care.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    what is the ncaa going to do? crush them or slap on the wrist? uconn is one of their darlings.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    WHO CARES IF COLLEGE PLAYERS MAKE MONEY? THE COACHES AND THE SCHOOLS THEMSELVES MAKE BILLIONS.

  • Jacob

    agree with teddy ^^^

  • larrylegend

    lol…that was a small fish…teddy is right

  • rasheed

    agree with teddy

  • wilz

    teddy is a little over the top with the Billions…

  • JAMS

    trizillionfillionbillionmillion word on that

  • rav

    whats new here? doesnt everyone know that college sports is corrupt?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Schools made (for bball) over 1 billion total.
    Overall the NCAA made over $6 billion last year across sports…
    So how does this hurt the NCAA?? Doubt Calhoun would get fired. The mans a legend, hall of famer and a cancer survivor to boot.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    No comment.

  • http://slamonline.com polowdaJon

    I am the biggest Uconn supporter in the world and I will be the first to tell you that what the did was also wrong. The got caught breaking rules. Useally Calhoun doesnt recruit players with such checkered pasts, so this recruitment of Miles leaves me scratching my head. Maybe in 25+ years, he feels like he has to cheat to get ahead. Kinda reminds me of that movie Blue Chips. No matter what though, I’d follow Calhoun and Uconn to the end!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    i think that the ncaa rules are dated, idiotic and too easy to break w/o even knowing. i mean, for example, how could lebron have known as a 16-17 year old that he was going to get into so much trouble for accepting 2 throw backs from a local sports shop with no implications whatsoever in any recruiting process?! And recruiting a ‘high risk’ kid is exactly what athletic scholarships are for in my mind: give a kid in a tough environment a chance to get a college education or fulfill his nba dream. it worked for caron as the writer pointed out. i dont know, the coaches ARE shady but so is the ncaa in itself. at this point they should just deregulate the whole thing OR impose serious serious fines. i’m talking taking off banners, suspending programs for a year, taking all their scholarships for a year…

  • http://slamonline.com polowdaJon

    A bit overkill there Z, but we appreciate the thought.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    no offense, I’m not against UCONN or its players or its coach, but Calhoun DOES recruit players with baggage, don’t you forget that one polowdaJon. there are a few players on this team that fit that bill, as well as some from the past team and the one before that.

  • JoeMaMa

    Z’s comments sound like a stoner who stumps for the legalization of weed.
    Which I agree with…but that’s a Ricky Davis news article.
    It’s true: the NCAA does exploit these kids, but UConn f*cked up. They knew the score. Hopefully the kids on the squad kick some ass this weekend, though. Their battle’s on the court.

  • donovan

    Tarzan is exactly right. This is what Tarkanian always talks about. The NCAA picks certain schools it will investigate and come down hard on. Others, it doesn’t really care. It’s always been that way. Bill Walton even wrote as much about UCLA and all the infractions they committed in their heyday that the NCAA never looked into.

  • serevei

    meh

  • Harlem_World

    Anyone who thinks this isn’t happening with 90% ‘blue chip’ recruits is living in a dreamworld. The NCAA has a plantationesque type system that allows them to exploit talent for minimum wage. ‘We’re giving you a free education’ while apparently noble years ago is now a farce, in the era of powerbrands, money, TV rights and marketing. It’s a win at all costs environment, and the winners who invariably manage to recruit the best talent, are just the best at covering their tracks.

    There is ‘NCAA dirt’ on EVERYBODY. Don’t believe the hype. From Coach K on down. Rather than judge the coaches, we need to look at the environment the NCAA have created and ask ourselves how much longer can we allow this to go on?

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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Calhoun will not get fired. The other part of this story is that Rip Hamilton is suing the former agent because he states the guy stole $1 million from him. This guy must have had the gift of gab.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I also despise the way the media holds this info to release it at an oppurtune time.

  • http://slamonline.com polowdaJon

    The best thing that UConn can do is go out and play hard against Purdue and the rest of their opponents this year and not let this mess affect them.

  • Cizzo

    Investigate every University because in my day I have heard quite a few stories on how some of theses friends of the program influence recruitment?

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Weren’t there UConn players stealing laptops and shiyit in the Library a couple seasons ago? In my experience, when people get caught doing that type of stuff, very rarely is it the first time they did it. I remember that team with Khalid El Amin and Caron beiong a bit thuggish… I like Calhoun though. This stuff goes on at almsot every elite program. Al ot of time it’ll be atleast one step removed from the program, but it happens all the time.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    *posts Jim Calhoun rant about how much money the program brings in*

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