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UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:55 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 3:02 pm

By Jeff Goodman

UConn's waiver request to play in the NCAA tournament next season was denied by the NCAA. 

The school released a statement on Friday, and also said it will appeal the decision to the NCAA Division I Committee on Academic Performance Subcommittee on Appeals.

The waiver was submitted to the NCAA as a result of the UConn men’s basketball team’s poor performance in the Academic Progress Rate (APR). The school also said it would schedule fewer games - a total of 26 - in an effort to focus more on academics. That's four fewer than what is allowed by the NCAA. 

 “We are deeply disappointed that our request for a waiver was denied, but we look forward to continuing in the process,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in the statement. “We continue to believe that we have made a very compelling case in our waiver to the NCAA and we are pleased with the recent outstanding academic success of our men’s basketball student-athletes."

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Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 3:41 pm

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

The first thing that should happen is UConn should have to vacate their 2011 title (they should have never been allowed to play in the first place).

Then they should quit whinning about their punishment & take it like a man. If you play with fire your gonna get burned. None of the many other institutions have a problem with playing by the rules so why should UConn get a pass. Calhoun thinks he is above all the rules that everyone else has to follow. It looks like he about to find out the hard way that these same rules apply to him just like all the other 300+ schools playing D-1 ball. All of the UConn fans saying that it's wrong the way that they just changed the rules & are now applying them need to figure out that the rules changed for every school at the same time & guess what, the rest of the schools have no problem with compliance.

Learn to recruit players that even if they are 1 & done will at least stay in school & finish out their classes for the spring semester so as to not hurt their teams APR.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:52 pm

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

The punishment should be swifter, if they don't meet their standard, they should miss the following tournament...a year lag is no big deal (in this case, UCONN should miss the 2012 tourny)...

Since: Jul 18, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 2:52 pm

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

Believe me, I'm no fan of Lane Kiffin but he inherited the USC scandel, and I admit, grudgingly that he's put a pretty darn good product on the field.

Now, about UCONN:  I am a New Mexico grad and Norm Ellenburger--who forged transcripts, lied about it and got convicted--put a blot on the UNM basketball program that can be felt today. But it's worked for the positive in that Lobo hoopsters have to keep their grades acceptable and more actually graduate. Something like 99% of college basketball players never see professional action so it's important they make the most of their athletic scholarships ta actually get an education. Some players get it; others just dream the impossible dream.

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:46 pm

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

So now we get the real reason why Jim Calhoun took a leave of absence.  Yeah, it was "health reasons", the "health" of his basketball program.  Don't worry, he'll come out of this smelling like a rose.  He always does.

Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:01 pm

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

Whitecat....I agree with your 'dream world' proposals. But the 'real world', sadly, will prevail. The help college hoops needs is from the NBA. They need to follow the NFL rule for entering respective drafts. The liberal, conspiratory national TV networks will moan about poor, inner city kids deprived of the chance for a job (in the NBA) if the rule decide.  Bob Huggins asks why do kids come to college? Answer:  To get a job.  The Universities ultimately need to hold the coaches accountable.  IF the term 'student-athlete' is to survive.

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:26 pm

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

I am impressed that a NCAA rule might be enforced on a major institution for the benifit of the student atheletes.  Although this might be slightly unfair to the current players suffering due to the academic performance of the previous players, I still think this is a good idea.  It is only partially the previous players fault. Overall it is the academic institution that needs to step up to the plate and help these college athletes get better grades and do better in life.

There are a couple of things that can be done that other coaches frequently do.

1. Don't play or at least don't start the freshman.  Make sure they act like students and concentrate on grades and classes. The first year of college is not filled with many tough classes. It is the time to establish good study habits.
2. Make sure the students you recruit want an education and a degree.
3. Avoid recruiting players that are one and done.  These players you recruit will not graduate. and hurt the graduation rate.  Sure they can be great for the winning percentage, but they hurt all the other players around them. If you do recruit the one and done players make sure the other players get tutoring to get better then C's in the easy classes.

4.Most importantly don't just coach basketball, coach life skills and make sure your kids have good habits and go to their classes.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:02 pm

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

Under your logic. no school would ever be punished since the makeup of the team changes every year.  Its simple- when a program gets punished like this let their  players transfer without sitting out. If they want to stay then they get the punishment.  If they feel gypped and misled leave. The program has to punished though.

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:35 am

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

2 mac-bridger:  You are right.  uCON should have been punished and missed the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Tourny's.  And, for the record, it is the INSTITUTION...the PROGRAM that is being punished for their lack of focus, support, and control.  These 'kids' as you call them are actually young adults who chose to go to uCON knowing their culture and expectations - or lack there of academically.  So they are not at all innocent in this as all of them either are part of the problem (i.e. are the students that created the low APR) and/or are among those that knew this would be an issue when they chose to attend uCON.  So either way you slice it, the players as guilty as Calhoun and Co.

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:25 am

UConn's waiver to play in '13 NCAA tourney denied

its wasnt the kids fault...Calhoun is a cheater always has been.  Its his fault and he should be fired
bull...the kids CHOSE to go to UCONN knowing it's reputation and what kind of person they have as a coach. My guess is most of them went to UCONN because of the type of place it is.

Either way....they have no excuse for being ignorant.

Same with USC in football. Everyone what knows what kind of person Lane Kiffin is ...when the inevitable trouble comes the University and players have no excuse. 

Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:49 am

This is the way that it should be...

That is good news.  Giving schools the ability to "punish" themselves is a bad idea, for obvious reasons.  The first clue, here, is that UCONN wants to be able to play in the NCAA Tournament in 2013.  Maybe, just maybe, that is not an option?  When you fail to follow the rules, you should then receive the penalty --and if that is part of the penalty, then you have no option to appeal, right?      
;   ---If the other schools are satisfying this requirement, and YOU are not; by not implementing the penalty, you are saying, "It does not matter if you follow this rule, you can just appeal if you don't."  That is not right, and not fair, at all, to the schools who ARE abiding by the rule. 

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