Sellers is coaching in China. Archibald, as of early December, was still in Connecticut, hoping to clear his name.
Additional penalties UConn faces include: public reprimand and censure; permanent disassociation of Nochimson; a ban on recruiting calls during the 2011-12 academic year until 30 days after the first day phone calls are allowed; a reduction in the number of coaches allowed to make phone calls from three to two, not including Calhoun, for six months after the university's response to the notice of allegations [filed Sept 7]; a reduction in the number of off-campus recruiting days from 130 to 90 through the 2012-13 recruiting periods; a limit of five official recruiting visits by prospective players for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years; and a requirement that Calhoun and staff members attend the NCAA regional rules seminar.
Charles Okwandu and Donnell Beverly will exhaust their eligibility, and junior Kemba Walker is considering leaving for the NBA. Ryan Boatright, a guard from East Aurora High in Illinois, has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Huskies.
UConn had been waiting for Tuesday's ruling since university representatives appeared before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis on Oct. 15. A 13-hour meeting that day was expected to be followed by a ruling six to eight weeks later.
"This is a very complex case and the committee wants to do a very thorough job in reviewing the case and take its time to adjudicate it and be fair to all concerned," said Thomas, the commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and formerly athletic director at Hampton University. "And committee members have schedules as well. We do have full-time jobs besides spending all the amount of time reviewing the cases."
UConn received the NCAA's notice of allegations May 24. The deadline for a response, which was originally Aug. 20 and then Sept. 3, was delayed to Sept. 7. A month later, on Oct. 8, UConn made public its response, which included separate defenses from the university, Calhoun and former and current assistant coaches.
UConn held a press conference at Gampel Pavilion to discuss the response. Calhoun called it "certainly one of the lowest points" of his now 39-year Hall of Fame career.
"We have worked closely with the NCAA from the time we learned of the allegations," Hathaway said Tuesday in a statement. "When we submitted our response to the NCAA Committee on Infractions acknowledging violations in the men's basketball program, we immediately self-imposed a series of penalties and corrective measures that are included as part of the NCAA Committee on Infractions report. We are disappointed that the committee determined that additional penalties needed to be imposed.
"We value the principles of the NCAA and fully recommit ourselves to running a program of impeccable integrity."
Calhoun, 68, will become the second high-profile coach in two seasons to be suspended. Tennessee's Bruce Pearl was suspended for his team's first eight SEC games for recruiting violations and an attempted cover-up that also led to the termination of his contract.
Calhoun, who has led UConn to national titles in 1999 and 2004 and another Final Four in 2009, signed a five-year, $13 million contract in May. It is retroactive to include the 2009-10 season and he is signed through 2013-14.
UConn had already admitted that the basketball staff made impermissible phone calls to recruits and improperly distributed game tickets to high school and AAU coaches. UConn also agreed with the NCAA allegation that the university failed to monitor benefits and assistance provided by an agent to a basketball recruit. But the university tried to shift blame away from Calhoun, who claimed he took appropriate measures to prevent and/or report the possibility of wrongdoing.
Not so, the NCAA said. Thomas would not explain how the committee decided on three games.
He said that given all the information the NCAA reviewed, the punishment is fair. "Now, we've banned the agent, the booster, from the institution's athletic interests for life," Thomas said.. "And we've cited the head coach for not being on top of these kinds of issues with the agent, the booster. The head coach stated that the booster was a member of the family during his days as a team manager. So it is highly incumbent upon the head coach and institution to educate all concerned as it relates to agents and boosters and the like."
Feb. 22: Calhoun Takes Hit; NCAA Levies Sanctions Against UConn
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