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“I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “We could just decide to keep the current policy in place. Secondly, we could decide that we want to make a change, and that may require board approval, which would mean it wouldn’t happen until April. The third possibility is we might not make any decision, and talk about it again in April.”

UConn also has implemented new standards for incoming basketball classes. The goal is that each subsequent recruiting class outperforms its predecessors when it comes to SAT scores and grades.

For example, players enrolling next season will need to achieve a minimum 2.98 core-course grade point average or a 1020 on the SAT to meet the new guidelines.

Once enrolled, students also have new academic rules to follow including:

_ Attending at least nine hours of summer school each year.

_ Having class work checked daily as freshmen by a member of the basketball staff (this also applies to any player with a grade-point average of 2.3 or lower).

_ Completing required course work before registering for elective courses

_ Adhering to a “graduation plan” created to ensure each player is on a path to graduate, even if they leave school early for the NBA or other opportunities.

The report also notes that Calhoun’s contract calls for him to forfeit $100,000 to the University of Connecticut Foundation General Scholarship Fund for any scholarship lost due to an Academic Progress Report penalty.

The school said the academics of the basketball team are improving. It notes in the waiver request that the team attained perfect APR eligibility and retention scores for the Fall 2011 semester. The school also noted that it currently has just one player on the team left from the group that scored low enough to warrant sanctions.

“Although unintended, the implementation of the new criteria has the effect of punishing innocent students for the failures of a past administration, former student-athletes and others no longer employed at the university,” the school writes. “The university’s proposal, however, will allow the institution to bear the brunt of the repercussions, rather than the current student-athletes who made their decision to attend before this new penalty was even conceived.”