When they're not busy fighting with women's basketball players or yelling at reporters who question their salaries, UConn basketball coaches spent their days plotting and scheming new ways to illegally circumvent the NCAA rulebook.
And let me assure you, they are very good at it.
Yahoo! Sports, who has the finest NCAA Rules Violations News Department in all the land (seriously, does no one else notice that all they do it break these kinds of stories???), is reporting that UConn may have violated NCAA rules by having illegal contact with a recruit. I'll let Wetzel explain:
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.
Oopsers. According to Wetzel, "Five different UConn coaches traded at least 1,565 phone and text communications with Nochimson, including 16 from head coach Jim Calhoun." Ohhhh...that's-a spicy meat-a-ball! The NCAA allows one phone call a month to a high school junior. That limit was, um, exceeded.
Check out the rest of the article for all the hairy details and then head over to ESPN where Wetzel got on the horn with the ESPN News folks to discuss it further. Wetzel goes into detail about this Nochimson slimeball and how he stole from former UConn star Rip Hamilton, whom he was representing at the time.
Who knows with this stuff. We've seen seemingly huge violations ends up garnering minute sanctions. But the fact that UConn was aware of the problem and did nothing about it, well, the Huskies might just be made an example of. We shall see.