The alleged violations center on improper contacts through a sports agent, Josh Nochimson, to recruit Nate Miles. A potential basketball star, Miles was hardly college material. He attended five high schools in four years before finally graduating when he was 20.
Calhoun and the coaching staff had been warned in 1999 by a university compliance officer that Nochimson, a former student-manager of the team, was considered a sports agent by the NCAA. Yet, while recruiting Miles, the team’s coaches made hundreds of phone calls and text messages to Nochimson and provided illegal gifts through Nochimson to Miles, according to the NCAA. Some of the calls were from Calhoun.
Miles arrived at UConn in the summer of 2008, but he never played for the team. He was arrested on charges he violated a restraining order obtained by a female student, who had said Miles physically and sexually abused her. He was expelled in October 2008.
While the NCAA was investigating UConn recruiting, Richard Hamilton, a former Huskies star and player for the Detroit Pistons, sued Nochimson, Hamilton’s former business manager. Hamilton’s suit alleges Nochimson stole $1 million while in that role.
Although Calhoun’s direct involvement appears to be peripheral, there is no explaining away the willful flouting of the warning against contacts with Nochimson or the laxity on the part of Calhoun and Jeff Hathaway, the university’s athletic director, in adhering to NCAA recruiting rules.