Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

No UConn in the 2013 NCAA Tournament

Published on April 6, 2012 by Scott Shirley   ·   No Comments

There is one team in the nation that for sure won’t be participating in the 2013 men’s NCAA Tournament. That team is a very high profile team the Connecticut Huskies. They just won the whole thing in 2011.

Today the NCAA turned down the final appeal from Connecticut to be eligible to participate in the 2013 tournament. The Huskies aren’t eligible for next year’s NCAA tournament because of several recent years of low Academic Progress Rate scores.

This is not good news for Jim Calhoun, who will be back for his 27th season at UConn. Many wonder if he will coach this season because of this news and his health problems. With this news look for this to really hurt the current team and future recruits. Kids go to a school to play in the tournament.

Junior forward Alex Oriakhi has already decided to transfer. Sophomore Jeremy Lamb and freshman Andre Drummond are likely headed to the NBA.

Calhoun released a statement.

“While we as a university and coaching staff clearly should have done a better job academically with our men’s basketball student-athletes in the past, the changes we have implemented have already had a significant impact and have helped us achieve the success we expect in the classroom,” basketball coach Jim Calhoun said in a statement. “We will continue to strive to maintain that success as we move forward.”

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told the Associated Press that he had stayed out of the fight until now, but finds the decision to reject the waiver request “absolutely outrageous.” He is calling on the NCAA to allow UConn and any other schools facing sanctions a chance to show their current student athletes qualify for the tournament.

“It’s as if they’ve decided to get UConn, one way or the other,” he said. “UConn should have done a better job. But in point of fact, they are doing a better job. The results are already there. You know, grade the test.”


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