UConn confirms NCAA investigation of men's basketball

UConn confirms NCAA investigation of men's basketball
Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie calls out to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut confirms it is the target of an NCAA investigation into its men’s basketball program.

University President Susan Herbst, in a statement released Friday morning, says the school is committed to “a culture of compliance” and intends to fully cooperate with the investigation in a “thorough and transparent manner.”

The school says it was already conducting an internal investigation after receiving allegations last fall and retained a law firm that specializes in athletics compliance.

The school didn’t reveal the nature of the allegations. Hearst Connecticut Media, which first reported news of the investigation, cited unidentified sources saying they were related to recruiting.

Coach Kevin Ollie is in the second year of a five-year .9-million contract that can be voided for “just cause.”

UConn is 11-9 this season after going 16-17 a year ago, the team’s first losing season in 30 years.


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