Cal Men’s Basketball Out on NCAA Probation

Apparently the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has gotten a lot better about cracking down on violations, lately. On Tuesday, University of Connecticut head basketball coach Jim Calhoun was suspended from three conference games over several missteps, including improper phone calls and text messages to prospective recruits, along with more than $6,000 in recruiting inducements. That wasn’t the worst of it. In light of the scandal, UConn’s team received a whole bullet list of penalities: scholarship reductions; a halt on financial contributions; limitations on recruiting assistance; a “show-cause” order that limits athletic duties for the former operations director; three years of probation. The latest casualty of stricter enforcement is UC Berkeley, men’s basketball which was penalized for a narrower list of infractions — namely, 365 impermissible recruiting phone calls, most of them made by two assistant coaches. Penalties, determined partly from Cal’s self-imposed protocol for recruitment violations, include two years probation and restrictions on phone calls, official visits, and off-campus meetings with prospective players. It’s yet another big imbroglio in what’s already been a shaky year for Cal sports.

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