NCAA turns down UConn appeal of academic sanctions
Thursday, April 5, 2012
STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- The NCAA has turned down what the University of Connecticut says is its final appeal for a waiver of academic requirements that would allow the Huskies to play in next season's postseason tournament.
UConn doesn't qualify for the tournament because of below-standard academic results, but it requested a waiver earlier this year after saying it instituted changes that improved scores.
The school proposed alternate penalties, including playing a shorter schedule next season, forfeiting the revenue awarded to the Big East for participating in the 2013 tournament and barring coach Jim Calhoun from meeting off-campus with prospective recruits during the fall 2012 contact period.
NCAA staff rejected the appeal in February, and its Committee of Academic Performance followed suit on Thursday.