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NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

Posted on: August 20, 2011 11:32 am
Edited on: August 20, 2011 12:06 pm

By Matt Norlander

Jeff Hathaway did in fact end up "retiring" Friday, shortly after news reports surfaced that he was done at UConn.

"It has been incredibly rewarding to have collaborated with so many exceptional individuals during this proud period of academic and athletic excellence," Hathaway by way of a statement. "After 20 years of being associated with UConn, I felt the time was right for me to pursue new challenges. I wish the very best to all those associated with UConn athletics, and to this great university, now and long into the future."

A little surprised by the kind words, considering Hathaway was effectively shoved out the door? That's because his agreement to leave includes a clause that states he can't turn heel on his former employer, a school that he worked at for nearly two decades.

Hathaway's departure presents a new opportunity for UConn, but that can be addressed later. What about the NCAA? Hathaway is the chair of the 2011-12 Selection Committee. He's the guy who has to deal with media and fan scrutiny in the seconds, hours and days after the brackets are revealed for the NCAA tournament.

And now he's no longer affiliated with a member institution of the NCAA. This situation, I believe, is unprecedented. The chairman suddenly no longer working for anyone. On one hand, it's a good thing -- he'll have all the time in the world to watch as many games as possible! But on the other, you've got a somewhat-disgraced former athletic director out on the street and simultaneously being the face of your most publicly known committee.

This was the NCAA's response to this transgression, per VP of communications Bob Williams:

“Earlier today, Jeff Hathaway informed Greg Shaheen, NCAA Interim Executive Vice-President of Championships and Alliances, of this evening’s announcement of his retirement from the University of Connecticut.

Mr. Hathaway is concluding the fourth of his five-year term on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

In the near future, our staff will work with Mr. Hathaway to determine the best approach regarding the balance of his term, including the status of his service as chair the committee during the 2011-12 academic year."

Ominous. I've put in further questions to the NCAA regarding Hathaway's status, and if there's currently any legislation that prohibits someone from participating on the Selection Committee if they're not employed by a member institution. This post will be updated when I can get a response.

Update: I have spoke with a source at the NCAA. There is a rule in place that states a non-employed member of the NCAA can't be on the Selection Committee. But the NCAA isn't quite sure how they're going to tackle this delicate situation right now, as it's never occurred before. My completely speculative guess: Hathaway won't be on your TV screen the night of Selection Sunday, 2012.

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Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 5:13 pm

NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

I can think of many schools who wouldn't enjoy the fruits of their spoils had this happened. We know what happens when the players do something unethical (See USC). What to do when the head men behave wrong is uncharted. Schools suffer when the kids break the rules. Why not UConn? Forfeiting something comes to mind.

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: August 21, 2011 3:09 pm

NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

Huh?  Say what?

Since: Aug 17, 2011
Posted on: August 20, 2011 6:19 pm

NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

Hathaway is being paid by uconnvict to make sure they get their ususal easy bracket after a cucpcake schedule.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:31 pm

NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

I just finished writing / alluding to this in a post about the potential of a death knell for the Canes. This 'organization' is, well, morally and ethically challenged (at best).


The stories will themselves become the impetus for a larger false layer, driving many artifical costs, practices and 'ethics' out. Good.

That group, organization, has to go. 

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: August 20, 2011 4:15 pm

NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

This is a disgusting breach of ethics.  The AD of UConn is the head of the selection committee?  Seriously?  Nobody said anything?  Unbelievable.  Nobody saw any problem with 3 of the 4 additional seedings going to Big East school.  Eleven out of 68 teams is ridiculous and no doubt Mr. UConn AD saw to it that his school, and other conference schools, got the best seedings.  No wonder UConn is always in the weakest bracket.  No wonder UConn was allowed to compete in the tournament despites its recruiting violations.
Hathaway is a cheating scumbag...and so is Calhoun.

Since: Nov 2, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 2:26 pm

NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

A little surprised by the kind words, uconn paid him not to say anything bad!  I guess you didn't hear about that did you?

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: August 20, 2011 1:48 pm

NCAA responds to Hathaway leaving UConn

why is this a "delicate situation"?  if the rule says you need to be on the books as an NCAA employee to be on the Selection Committee, and you lose your job, then you lose your spot...if the NCAA isn't sure on how to handle this situation, no wonder you keep having the USCs, Ohio States and Miamis getting away with murder and seeing little or no punishment..

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