UConn Caught Red-Handed: There's Really Cheating in College Basketball!?

John MartinCorrespondent IMarch 25, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MARCH 21:  Jim Calhoun, head coach of the Connecticut Huskies, looks on during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies during the second round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament at the Wachovia Center on March 21, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Today, some interesting news surfaced concerning the University of Connecticut's recruiting tactics.

They're "cheating."

Yahoo! Sports reported this morning that UConn "potentially" committed several major NCAA violations when pursuing guard Nate Miles, who I must add is no longer even with the team.

Before I begin with my analysis and insight, let me say this; Why would a news outlet, such as Yahoo! Sports, make an instance such as this front-page news if, as far as they know, UConn only "potentially" violated NCAA recruiting policy?

News outlets irk me these days. They don't care if the propaganda that they're reporting on is true or not.

They just like the "potential" enthrallment of America.

I'm done ranting, on with the real story here.

Yahoo! Sports' allegations state that between 2006 and 2008, UConn furnished Nate Miles with lodging, transportation, restaurant meals, and representation by a former UConn student manager.

Yahoo! also says that UConn called Miles up to 30 times a month during his junior year of high school. The NCAA maximum is once a month.

UConn is also said to have exchanged up to 1,565 text messages with Nochimson, who was managing Miles. 16 of those were from Jim Calhoun.

This completely baffles me. Jimmy C is not chaste to college basketball or the NCAA's rules and policies. Yet, he joined in the fun too.

Now, if a celebrated and reputable coach such as Calhoun is participating in this unmitigated disobedience of the archaic NCAA recruiting policies, you would have to be absolutely insane to think that there aren't hundreds of others doing the same thing.

The reality of it is this; players are getting paid somewhere out there. I'm not saying it's happening at your university, or your friend's, but we would be naive to believe that it's not going on.

Is it cheating? Yes, it is. Entirely. Some universities have the means to provide a player with luxurious cars, lodging at the grandeur Ritz, and gourmet smorgasbords at the most expensive restaurants in the country.

It happens.

Sometimes, I wonder how far we really are from the NCAA conducting their own "Mitchell Report," just to see how many coaches committed or are still committing recruiting violations.

I think it would open a lot of eyes. Coaches are cheating. They're lying. In essence, they're stealing by giving.

That's why this sudden revelation doesn't come as even half a surprise to me. The art of cheating runs rampant through college basketball.

(Ahem) Kelvin Sampson was just an indiscreet moron who had no idea what he was doing from day one.

I digress. We all have to accept the fact that college basketball coaches are cheating. Eventually, that coach will be found out, be sanctioned, get a one or two year ban from the postseason, lose a few scholarships, lay low for a while, and then restart the cycle.

A vicious cycle, but a cycle that is ceaseless. A cycle that is going to, during its run, crucify a renowned coach and quickly search for another.

Jim Calhoun is just another martyr.