NCAA denies waiver request by Connecticut
The NCAA denied a request by the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team that could keep the reigning national champions from competing in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
The school was seeking a waiver that would allow it to compete in the tournament in exchange for a number of self-imposed penalties.
Connecticut has failed to meet the NCAA’s Academic Performance Rating in order to be eligible for the 2013 tournament.
The university can still appeal the decision to the NCAA’s Committe on Academic Performance, which meets Feb. 20.
Connecticut had offered to reduce the amount of games next season by four 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.