NCAA turns down UConn appeal of academic sanctions

By Pat Eaton-robb

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 5 2012 2:10 p.m. MDT

STORRS, Conn. — 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.

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