Connecticut Basketball: Calhoun Given Delayed Benching By NCAA For Violations

Jeffrey BatheContributor IIIFebruary 23, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 18:  Head coach Jim Calhoun of the Connecticut Huskies gives instructions to his team during the Big East Conference game against the Louisville Cardinals at the KFC Yum! Center on February 18, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The NCAA issued its findings from their investigation into the Connecticut basketball program.

The program was placed on probation from Feb. 22, 2011 through Feb. 21, 2014. There were bans on recruiting calls, reductions in recruiting days and scholarships, but the team missed being placed on a postseason ban.

In addition to the team penalties, coach Jim Calhoun was cited today for his failure in creating an atmosphere of compliance within the Connecticut program. His punishment for his role was a suspension for three Big East games in 2011-2012.

It took almost two years for findings to come out from the NCAA, as an investigation into Josh Nochimson, a former team manager, helping guide recruit Nate Miles to Connecticut began shortly a report was posted by Yahoo! Sports in spring 2009.

And what is sad is that because of the timing of this, which one can say was not overlooked by the powers that be, the penalty is lessened because of when it will take place. Dennis Thomas, the chair of the infractions committee, said that the suspension would be next year because the school could appeal the decision.

Of course, if things were done sooner, maybe the punishment could be applied this year. I guess being a star has its advantages, just ask the Ohio State Football players who were given multi-game suspensions for NEXT season or Basketball's Teflon coaches: Denny Crum, Norm Stewart and Eddie Sutton, who avoided real punishment while their teams were punished in the 1980s and 1990s.

If the NCAA could have completed their investigation in a timely fashion, the punishment could have been put into place and might actually mean something. But that might impact the Huskies run to the NCAA tournament and that could impact ratings, which would impact the all-mighty dollar and the NCAA would not want to do that, now would it?

Thanks NCAA for showing that the Linsey Lohans of the NCAA community will get punished—just in their own special way.

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