|Written by Michael Patrick|
Bet on NCAABUconn Head Coach Jim Calhoun will serve a suspension issued by the NCAA next season for creating an atmosphere of noncompliance with NCAA regulations during his tenure at the university.
Many believe both the Huskies and Calhoun were dealt a lenient judgment from the NCAA. Naysayers believe the Huskies should serve the penalty this season during the post season, stating that Calhoun has, in fact received some type of preferential treatment by the NCAA.
However, besides his suspension for the 2011-2012 season, the program will also receive scholarship reductions for the next three academic years, have their recruiting restricted, and have permanent disassociation from an individual booster. Many would argue that this aspect of the penalty is not a mere slap on the wrist, and that the program has been penalized plenty for what it has done.
Members of the NCAA committee that imposed the penalty on the infractions believe that as head coach, Calhoun must be held accountable for what occurs inside his program, even if he was unaware of the infractions. Calhoun believes this is nonsense and has been in contact with his lawyer to fight the infractions.
“I am very disappointed with the NCAA's decision in this case,” commented Calhoun. “My lawyer and I are evaluating our options and will make a decision as to which way we will proceed,” continued Calhoun.
The main instance in question involved prospective student/athlete Nate Miles and his recruitment by the university. It was reported in 2009 that former Uconn manager Josh Nochimson provided lodging, transportation, and meals for Miles. Because he is considered a member of the athletic program and the university, these things were prohibited by the NCAA. The program was issued this penalty recently, to the dismay of Calhoun. According to Calhoun, they will definitely fight the over burdensome penalty.