Connecticut men's hoops team banned from next year's NCAA tourney
The Huskies, who won the 2011 men's title against Butler, will not be in the 2013 tourney.
April 5th, 2012
03:45 PM ET

Connecticut men's hoops team banned from next year's NCAA tourney

[Updated at 5:20 p.m. ET] The University of Connecticut men's basketball team cannot compete for next year's national championship after the NCAA denied the school's appeal of a postseason ban based on its athletes' academic performance, the university said Thursday.

The Huskies earlier had been ordered to sit out the 2013 NCAA tournament, because of its past players' sub-par academic performance rate. Led by longtime coach Jim Calhoun, the program had won that tourney last spring and, thus, captured the national title.

The University of Connecticut appealed that decision, but to no avail, NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson confirmed.

"It is disturbing that our current players must pay a penalty for the academic performance of students no longer enrolled," University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst said in a statement. "No educator or parent purposefully punishes young people for the failings of others."

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  1. Mr Dalloway

    The team should have cheated like Derrick Rose.

    April 5, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. That didn't take long

    The day Connecticut outlaws the death penalty, this happens. Who said there aren't any coincidences and that everything happens for a reason? Not me. All kinds of unforseen things happen. Besides. If it wasn't an accident, insurance would pay. It would be God's fault. Insurance companies have always disclaimed acts of God. Others....? I guess those who don't believe in coincidences have been scamming insurance companies all this time.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. That didn't take long

    *insurance wouldn't have to pay if there truly were no coincidences. Everything would be an act of God.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. That didn't take long

    Like, can I honestly claim that it was an accident if I don't believe in coincidences? And keep a straight face? What if my insurance agent knows how I feel about God having his hands in every affair? He woukd know I'm lying!

    April 5, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sal Sharpton

    The team should have made it look like a white guy getting the best of a black guy and played the race card. We would all forget about how stupid their basketball team is, that's for sure.

    April 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Well, isn't that *supposedly* what college if for?
    An actual education?

    April 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bill

    Hslf those players will work full time at walmart after graduation anyways.

    April 6, 2012 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    â–şBill
    Hslf those players will work full time at walmart after graduation anyways.â—„

    Wow, it takes a Walmart working to THINK they know one!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    April 6, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Granny

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    April 7, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |