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Report: UConn NCAA Investigation Focusing On Recruitment Of 3 Players

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 03: Jonathan the Husky, mascot for the Connecticut Huskies, performs against the Oregon State Beavers in the second quarter during the semifinals of the 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four Basketball Championship at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 3, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

UConn basketball is under NCAA investigation, and it appears to be focused on the recruitment of three players.

The UConn men's basketball program has been one of the most successful of the last two decades. The Huskies have captured four national titles.

Jim Calhoun is one of the legendary coaches of the modern era, and won three of them. Kevin Ollie stepped in for his former coach and boss, and took home a title in his first year eligible for the tournament.

Now, both of those coaches have drawn the gaze of the NCAA as well. 2018 is not a great year for that either.

In September, the FBI unveiled an investigation into corruption in the sport. The most impactful immediate result was Rick Pitino's ouster at Louisville.

Right now, there is no indication that the UConn inquiry is connected to that. However, recruiting does seem to be the focus, based on reports. The New Haven Register's initial report on the investigation stated as much:

"The NCAA has notified UConn of an inquiry into its men’s basketball program, Hearst Connecticut Media has learned and the school confirmed Thursday. While the full nature of the inquiry is uncertain, some, if not all, involves areas of recruiting, according to two sources with knowledge of the situation."

Now, it sounds like the recruitment of three particular unnamed players is the focus. From the Hartford Courant:

"Sources told The Courant the NCAA has already conducted roughly 100 hours of interviews with individuals potentially involved. Those interviews have picked up in pace over the last week or so, and the inquiry includes the recruitment of at least three players, though not necessarily players who eventually came to UConn. The NCAA, which has not responded to a request for comment, compels interviewees not to comment."

As the report says, it is unclear whether or not the players wound up choosing UConn. We've seen in previous NCAA investigations involving schools like Louisville that dealt with players that ultimately went elsewhere.

During Calhoun's very successful tenure, UConn brushed up with the NCAA on a number of occasions, as documented by The Courant. Now, Ollie's program has done the same.

[Hartford Courant]