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Kevin Ollie takes over at UConn in the wake of Jim Caloun’s retirement
The sanctions came after a 15-month investigation into the recruiting of former player Nate Miles, who was expelled from UConn in October 2008 without ever playing for the Huskies.
Besides accusations that his staff improperly contacted recruits, gave them improper benefits and distributed free tickets to high school coaches and others, Calhoun was cited for failing to maintain an atmosphere of compliance.
The accusations led to the resignations of two assistants, and a promise from Calhoun to make things right. He told reporters that the idea of bringing closure to that issue was a “major, major factor” in his decision to come back after the 2011 championship season.
UConn sought a waiver citing improved scores in 2011-12, but that was rejected and five underclassmen left the Huskies after last season, two heading for the NBA and three transferring.
Calhoun, the state’s highest paid employee, signed a five-year, $13 million contract in 2010.
Under that deal, once he retires he is due either a $1 million cash payment or another 5-year job in the athletic department with a $300,000 a year salary.
AP College Basketball Writer Jim O’Connell and AP Sport Writer John Kekis contributed to this report.
By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
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