March 27, 2009

Shortly after his team's 72-60 drubbing of Purdue, UConn coach Jim Calhoun admitted he or his staff may have made errors in the recruitment of former prospect Nate Miles.

"Could I have made a mistake? Sure," Calhoun said, according to Yahoo! Sports. "The [rules] manual is 508 pages. Someone could've made a mistake."

He also reportedly told Yahoo! that he isn't worried the allegations of NCAA violations in Miles' recruitment would hurt his reputation.

"I've heard the expression that clear skies don't fear thunder," Calhoun told reporters. "I feel very good after talking to my athletic director and talking to the people working on the situation right now."

Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday that a former team manager turned sports agent (who allegedly stole $1 million from UConn legend Richard Hamilton) provided Miles with lodging, transportation, meals and representation from 2006 to 2008. The report also said UConn's basketball staff was in constant contact with the agent during a nearly two-year period up to and after Miles' recruitment. Yahoo says five UConn coaches traded at least 1,565 phone and text communications with the agent, including 16 from Calhoun.

Calhoun also reportedly said there could have been difficulties interpreting the NCAA's phone and text contact rules since Miles was a senior for two years in high school.

"I have a tough time with the NCAA book at times," he said. "There's a fine line there with some these things."

Connecticut faces Missouri in the Elite Eight on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

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