After months and months of ongoing "investigation," the NCAA is set today to announce its findings and levy penalties against the University of Connecticut. In a typically toothless display, the NCAA genuflects to UConn and Calhoun with a slap on the wrist: According to the Connecticut News, the NCAA has levied the following:
More penalities after The Jump:
Sure, some will point to UConn''s self-imposed penalties of severing ties with a few assistant coaches and cutting scholarships, but isn't the real story that the HEAD COACH failed to create an atmosphere of compliance? The NCAA presented evidence that UConn assistants "made hundreds of improper calls and text messages to recruits, gave recruits improper benefits and improperly distributed free tickets to high school coaches and others."
Are we to believe that all this was without the knowledge of the suddenly saintly - or is it senile - Coach Calhoun?
What the f*ck did he think his assistants were doing? Is it even plausible to believe that he never got on the phone with the kids being recruited?
There's always been discussion of the NCAA selectively enforcing its rules and these sorts of decisions reek to no end. Query how this would have come down had UConn not been looking at a Top 4 seed in the Tournament this year and instead fighting for an NIT berth just like last year.
In case you have nothing better to do, the entire NCAA report is HERE.