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University of Connecticut admits recruiting violations in mens' basketball

October 8, 2010 |  9:57 am

Jim_240 The University of Connecticut announced Friday that its basketball program committed major NCAA recruiting violations and has imposed self-sanctions, including two years' probation and a loss of one scholarship for the next two seasons.

Following an NCAA report released in May after a 15-month investigation, the university acknowledged that its basketball staff made unacceptable phone calls and text messages and gave free game tickets to high school coaches.

The university, however, said it did not find any evidence to support the NCAA's allegation that Coach Jim Calhoun failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance.

A hearing before the NCAA is set for Oct. 15.

-- Melissa Rohlin

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Jim Calhoun. Credit: Jessica Rinaldi / Reuters.