What is shocking about the Yahoo! Sports report regarding UConn's recruitment of Nate Miles is not that the Huskies' coaches allegedly traded at least 1,565 phone and text messages with former UConn team manager and NBA player agent Josh Nochimson. Rather, it's the level of documentation that the report offers. In a world where many recruiters have one cell phone registered with the school they work for and at least one other to make an excessive number of calls from, UConn was not only caught, but the phone records show just how chatty they were.
Since Kelvin Sampson's text-happy ways were revealed in Bloomington last year, coaches have continued to find ways to circumvent the rules, but UConn's foibles -- if all of the reported violations stand up -- will make Sampson's sins seem small. Not only were the coaches in touch with Miles and his inner circle, but they show that the coaches were willing to work with an agent -- granted, one that had worked in their program as a manager -- to procure a top prospect's commitment.
The NCAA has dedicated more of its efforts to preventing agent-recruit relationships from driving the current landscape, but as long as anonymous runners are able to enjoy the easy access of the prep scene and AAU circuit, they will be hard to stop.
Brought to light in the middle of March Madness, the UConn alleged violations offer a reminder as to why hoop heads need bicameral minds. By compartmentalizing the on-court aesthetics in one section and the off-court shenanigans in another, one can enjoy the game without dwelling on the mischief that brings plenty of top teams together.
Probe: UConn violated NCAA rules [Yahoo! Sports]