UConn basketball program in NCAA hot water in recruitment of former player

March 25, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Nothing like a big scandalous story to come out just as you’re in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

According to a story by Yahoo! Sports, the University of Connecticut potentially committed a number of NCAA violations in the recruitment of Nate Miles, a 6-foot-7 player.

The report alleges that between 2006 and 2008, the UConn coaching staff, including Jim Calhoun, made numerous improper phone calls to Miles as well as his inner circle. 

Yahoo Sports writes: “The UConn basketball staff was in constant contact with Nochimson during a nearly two-year period up to and after Miles’ recruitment. Five different UConn coaches traded at least 1,565 phone and text communications with Nochimson, including 16 from head coach Jim Calhoun.”

Miles was also provided with lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation by Josh Nochimson, a former UConn student manager turned sports agent.

Because Nochimson is considered a representative of UConn’s athletic interests because of his connection to the basketball program, he would be barred from contacting Miles or his family, let alon providing anything of value to him.

Miles was expelled from UConn in 2008 for violating a reastraining order, and transferred to the College of Southern Idaho.

Nochimson had earlier filed papers with the NBA Players Association to decertify himself as an agent in 2008 after former UConn star and now Detroit Piston, Richard Hamilton, accused him of stealing more than $1 million.

The Huskies face Purdue as the NCAA tournament resumes in Glendale, Ariz., on Thursday night.


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