NCAA files inquiry into UConn’s men’s basketball program

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STORRS, Conn. (WTNH)– The National Collegiate Athletic Association has filed an inquiry into the University of Connecticut‘s men’s basketball program.

According to UConn, the NCAA has notified the university of its inquiry and UConn is working closely with the NCAA’s enforcement division.

“Hopefully the investigation turns out to be nothing and no wrong doings happens. But if wrongdoing does happen hopefully they find something,” said Junior Jesse Kuhns.

UConn says that based on their own NCAA-mandated internal review following allegations directed at the men’s basketball programs last fall, they have retained the law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White to assist in the review.

In a release, UConn says that the university and Athletic Department are “committed to a culture of compliance with all NCAA regulations” and “will appropriately address and respond to this inquiry and continue cooperating fully with the NCAA as this process moves forward.”

“Can you give me more information?” asked Kuhns.

UConn isn’t releasing why the basketball program is under investigation but at least one student suspects its related to recruiting.

“If you want to compete with the rest of the NCAA and you want to compete with other bigger schools then you I mean you’re going to have to. I mean I”m not sure any of it is true,” said Sophomore Nick David. “I’m just saying you don’t you can’t close your eyes to everyone else that’s doing the same exact things.”

“I don’t think much will come of it honestly but Ollie’s kind of in the hot seat so it doesn’t really help the situation,” said Senior Danny Gustafson.

President Susan Herbst said “UConn is absolutely committed to a culture of compliance and intends to fully cooperate, as always, with the NCAA. We will do so in a thorough and transparent manner reflective of the model athletic and academic institution we continually strive to be.”

“If we’re going to come watch you the school supports you so strongly that it’s really important for them to like stay on their game,” said Sophomore Olivia Garcia who hopes they haven’t broken any rules. “Exactly.”

“Hopefully everything works out. Hopefully the allegations aren’t true,” said Kuhns.

UConn’s next game is Sunday night at Temple.

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