Connecticut announced on Friday some reductions in the NCAA charges -- as well as some new self-imposed penalties -- against Jim Calhoun's basketball program in advance of next week's meeting with the committee on infractions.
According to a release, the NCAA and school have agreed that the time period for which UConn has been charged for failing to monitor its men's basketball program be reduced from four to two years. The enforcement staff has also cleared associate head coach George Blaney of all impermissible calls he had supposedly made. The release goes on to explain that Connecticut has self-imposed a two-year period of probabtion on its athletics program and reduced the number of scholarships for the men's basketball program from 13 to 12 for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. A reduction in the number of coaches allowed to make phone contacts with prospective student-athletes and "recruiting person days" have also been self-imposed. Furthermore, the release suggests Connecticut plans to argue that the available evidence does not support the enforcement staff's charge that Calhoun "failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance."
"I am deeply disappointed the university is in this position," said Connecticut president Philip E. Austin. "It is clear mistakes have been made. This is a serious matter and we have worked in full cooperation with the NCAA. We look forward to fully resolving these issues and restoring our men's basketball program to a level of unquestioned integrity."
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