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NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

Posted on: February 22, 2011 3:50 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 4:01 pm
I can't make this math work, so maybe someone can help me. I'm talking about the arithmetic behind the NCAA's punishment of UConn for some fairly outrageous violations within the men's basketball program.

The math eludes me here. First you've got the NCAA deciding that the director of operations -- a de facto assistant coach under head coach Jim Calhoun -- was so scummy that he cannot work for anyone in the NCAA for two years. Then you've got a former UConn team manager, also working under Calhoun, becoming an agent and heaping illegal benefits on a recruit. Then you've got the NCAA saying that Calhoun "overlooked indications" that those violations were taking place.

I add all of that up, and I see a major penalty for UConn -- and for Jim Calhoun.

The NCAA added it up and didn't see it. Maybe because it's hard to see with your head buried in the sand. Or buried somewhere else.

Calhoun was suspended for three conference games. That's something, but not much. The team lost a scholarship or two, lost some recruiting days on the road, lost some phone calls. That's also something, but also, it's not much. Instead of giving UConn a meaningful smack across the chops -- a postseason ban of a season or two -- the NCAA threw a whole lot of small stuff at the Huskies. Maybe the NCAA was trying to fool people like you and me into thinking it was coming down hard on the Huskies.

Look at that long list of penalties! It just goes on and on!

Don't be fooled. Think of those penalties as a handful of nickels and dimes. I could throw coins at you for 30 seconds and it wouldn't add up to anything significant. That's what the NCAA did with UConn. It threw a bunch of nickels and dimes at the Huskies. Total cost? Nothing significant.

Unless my math is wrong, but I doubt it. I was always pretty damn good with numbers.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: UConn

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 9:41 am

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

I see references to Coach Calipari and various violations on these boards constantly. But the NCAA hasn't implicated him in anything. If someone, anyone, has documented proof of any wrongdoing by him, I'd like to see it.

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:25 pm

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

Nail head.  Not enough fans give a crap about rules violations.  In fact, most fans would do away with officiating during games if they had the vote to do so.  Fans in general are pretty ignorant and self serving, but they are a dollars factor in NCAA and conference decisions.  After all, amateur sports is anything but that.

Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:54 pm

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

who cares.  Every team does this, only a few get caught.

Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:22 am

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

Doyel, I agree with your article.  There is something wrong with the way College sports programs are run in general. 

However, I don't agree with your picture.   very strange

Since: Jul 7, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:06 am

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

Probably has in his contract that, as a bonus, he will recieve a round trip Carribean vacation for the number of suspended days due to any "slap on the wrist" NCAA violations he may encounter

Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:18 am

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

uhhh...guessing you dont watch much college basketball. d roses memphis team gave up every win that season including the final four. 38 wins. no team has ever won that many games in a season before. the money from the final four also was returned. and all banners taken back. basically wiped the record of even playing the entire season. no violations??? thats a big one. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2011 8:02 am

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

I agree with this punishment being a slap on the wrist.  Furthermore, I'm not a fan of this recent trend of punishing college teams, coaches, and/or players "in the future."  You have Ohio State players that get to play in a bowl, but they can't play the next season's first few games.  Now, Calhoun can't coach NEXT year's first conference games?  Hell, he won't even notice that... not to mention, he'll probably still get PAID for those games.  Who's coming up with these punishments?

Maybe they are cutting him some slack because of his leave of absence due to health reasons.  While he should've known what was going on with his program, its a possibility that his health issues kept him from being as attentive to the program as he should've been.  Still, that doesn't excuse the NCAA from being that wimpy parent who puts their kids in time-out, instead of punishing them.

Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2011 5:29 am

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

My question to Gregg is a serious one. I have to say that something happened but the sad truth is in this article:





The whole area of collegiate sports is corrupt- today it was my coach, yesterday and/or tomorrow it will be yours. That statement is by no means meant to justify what goes on. It stinks- all of it.

I need to say that when UConn hired Jim Calhoun we were a regional power and I doubt that anyone really thought we'd EVER contend for, much less win, national titles. No one who was available could have done what he's done and I think the guy is great. I also KNOW from personal contact and personal experience what he does for his kids and how much he cares about them. Is he clean? Well, one investigation in all his years as a Div. I head coach, so he's probably about as clean (or not clean) as most. I've got his back any time. It would be nice if sports- at all levels- played fair. It would be nice if governments cared for their people. It would be nice- well, you get it.

Since: Feb 23, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:22 am

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn

When you look at what goes on in the SEC football programs or any basketball team coached by Coach Cal it is a joke that the NCAA wasted time on this . Someone takes DROSE's SAT and no violations but a few texts and tickets for high school coaches is a big deal - LOL

Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:01 pm

NCAA nickel-and-dimed UConn


The kid never played.  Not a single minute.  Ever.  The penalty fits the crime.  And I doubt your mathematical proficiency. 
; Based on your writing, I just assumed you are an idiot.

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