UConn Announces Self-Imposed Penalties from NCAA Investigation

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2019

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2018, file photo, Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie watches from the sideline during the first half an NCAA college basketball game in Storrs, Conn. Ollie was fired in March amid an NCAA investigation. In response to open records requests from The Associated Press and other news organizations, UConn president Susan Herbst on Monday, June 25, released a June 19 letter upholding Ollie's firing, which said the former men's basketball coach had a pattern of breaking NCAA rules and committed serious violations. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)
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The University of Connecticut men's basketball team has issued seven self-imposed penalties following the NCAA investigation into alleged violations under former head coach Kevin Ollie.

Per an official announcement from the school (h/t David Borges of the New Haven Register), the penalties range from paying the NCAA a $5,000 fine to a one-week ban on unofficial visits and recruiting communications during the 2018-19 academic year:

The NCAA announced findings from its investigation last September. Ollie was hit with multiple violations, including an unethical conduct charge. 

Per ESPN.com's Myron Medcalf, Ollie's unethical conduct charge stemmed from allegedly providing false or misleading information regarding phone calls between Ray Allen, Rudy Gay and a recruit. 

Ollie also was charged with allegedly providing unfair recruiting benefits, exceeding limits on practice times, failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failing to monitor players' outside workouts. 

Since the school wasn't found guilty of any violations during the investigation, it could avoid any sanctions from the NCAA after self-imposing its own Friday. 

UConn fired Ollie for cause in March, meaning it didn't have to pay the $10 million remaining on his contract. He filed a lawsuit against the school last month, claiming his firing was racially motivated. 

Dan Hurley took over for Ollie as head coach of the Huskies. He's 10-8 in his first season with the program.  

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