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Report: UConn violated NCAA rules in recruitment of former player

UConn committed a number of NCAA violations in the recruitment of Nate Miles, a 6-foot-7 player whom coach Jim Calhoun expected to be his next perimeter star, according to a story by Yahoo! Sports.

The report alleges that the UConn coaching staff, including Calhoun, made numerous improper phone calls to Miles as well as his inner circle.

According to Yahoo, before Miles came to Storrs, Josh Nochimson, a former UConn team manager turned sports agent, provided lodging, transportation, restaurant meals and representation to Miles during UConn's recruitment of the player.

Yahoo writes: "The UConn basketball staff was in constant contact with Nochimson during a nearly two-year period up to and after Miles' recruitment. Five different UConn coaches traded at least 1,565 phone and text communications with Nochimson, including 16 from head coach Jim Calhoun."

After being expelled from UConn in 2008 for violating a reastraining order, Miles transferred to the College of Southern Idaho.

Nochimson had earlier filed papers with the NBA Players Association to decertify himself as an agent in 2008 after former UConn star Richard Hamilton accused him of stealing more than $1 million.UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway and Calhoun declined comment through a university spokesman late Tuesday.

The Huskies face Purdue in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament in Glendale, Ariz., on Thursday night.

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