University of Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun was suspended for three games next season by the NCAA for failing to monitor recruiting violations by the school that included more than $6,000 in improper benefits given to a former player.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association alleged eight violations by the University of Connecticut’s basketball program, including coach Jim Calhoun ’s failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.
Jim Calhoun returned to coach the University of Connecticut men’s college basketball team to a 74- 65 home win over the University of Pittsburgh a month after he went on medical leave for a back ailment.
The University of Connecticut claimed its third men’s college basketball championship as Butler University had the worst title game shooting performance in the 73-year history of the national tournament.
The University of Connecticut put its men’s basketball program on two years’ probation and reduced the number of scholarships by one after acknowledging major recruiting violations, while defending coach Jim Calhoun .
The University of Connecticut has yet to lose in three tournaments this season and is a four-point favorite against Butler University in college basketball’s championship game, according to oddsmakers.