Sellers, Archibald resign as UConn announces NCAA charges

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May 28, 2010, 10:54 am
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(NECN: Storrs, Conn.) - The resignation of two members of the UConn men's basketball program were announced Friday during a press conference at which the university addressed its investigation into allegations of NCAA violations.

Assistant Coach Patrick Sellers and Director of Operations for the men's basketball program Beau Archibald resigned last Sunday and last Thursday, respectively, but remain an active part of the process.

"I hope that you can respect that they're individuals that have made a personal decision for them, and it is obviously a personnel matter for us," the athletic department said.

A department official said the two will be, in all likelihood, difficult for the press to track down, as answering questions on the allegations would "not be in their best advice."

The alleged violations against the program include improper phone calls and text messages to recruits, and giving recruits improper benefits. Coach Jim Calhoun was cited Friday for failing to "promote an atmosphere of compliance."

The NCAA and the school have been investigating the program since shortly after a report by Yahoo! Sports in March 2009 that former team manager Josh Nochimson helped guide basketball recruit Nate Miles to Connecticut, giving him lodging, transportation, meals and representation. The player was expelled from the school without ever playing for the Huskies; he was charged with violating a restraining order.

The school refused to answer questions specific to the allegations, citing the ongoing investigation. It is "in the middle of" the NCAA enforcement processing of a major infractions case.

"The next phase is an opportunity for the university to read, understand and figure out how to respond to the allegations," Rick Evrad, university legal counsel for NCAA-related matters said.  "We have been along every step of the way with the NCAA."

Material from The Associated Press used in this report. Video courtesy of WTNH.

Tags: ncaa, uconn, Huskies, Jim Calhoun, Beau Archibald, Patrick Sellers
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