Connecticut seeking waiver to avoid penalties
Fearing that academic issues will prevent its men’s basketball team from being eligible for the NCAA Tournament in 2013, the University of Connecticut is seeking a waiver from the NCAA.
Connecticut, the defending NCAA champions, offered to self-impose penalties on the program if the NCAA grants its request.
The school offered to reduce the amount of games next season by four games and forfeit its share of revenue generated by Big East Conference schools that advance to the NCAA Tournament.
Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun would also be banned from visiting potential recruits during the fall contact period.
Last year, the school learned it would lost two scholarships for next season due to a poor Academic Performance Rating.
The NCAA uses the APR to measure the academic performance of all Division I student-athletes. The school’s four-year rating is 893, below the required 925 minimum.
UConn has already lost one scholarship for next season as a result of NCAA recruiting violations.