UConn Says Probation For Men’s Basketball Program Violations Ended – NBC Connecticut
The University of Connecticut men’s basketball team was on probation and suffered further penalties for previous NCAA rule violations in its basketball program and UConn Athletics said it learned from the NCAA that the two-year probation has been completed and that the school meets all requirements of NCAA regulations.
In 2019, UConn learned that the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team would face probation and other penalties for breaking NCAA rules under the guidance of former coach Kevin Ollie.
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UConn said on Friday that it has fulfilled all punitive obligations for “violations committed in the UConn men’s basketball program under the former coaching staff” and the NCAA has notified UConn that it is in compliance with all requirements of NCAA regulations.
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The sanctions included a reduction in scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year and numerous recruitment restrictions affecting the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 academic years.
“While the probationary period is over, we will continue to be committed to the highest standards of NCAA compliance,” athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “I think we came out stronger than ever and I look forward to a bright future for UConn Athletics.”
UConn fired Ollie in March 2018 and he fought the dismissal.
Ollie argued that there was no just cause and that the school owed him more than $ 10 million that was left on his contract, which ran until June 30, 2021.