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PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 21: (L-R) Mark Williams, Mo'ne Davis, Mahogany Williams, Yasir, Quran Davis, Lakeisha McLean and Maurice Boykin attend 'Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch To Game Changer' book signing at Barnes & Noble on March 21, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 21: Books on display during 'Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch To Game Changer' book signing at Barnes & Noble on March 21, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 21: Mo'ne Davis Signs Copies Of 'Mo'ne Davis: Remember My Name: My Story From First Pitch To Game Changer' at Barnes & Noble on March 21, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, talks to Robin Roberts about her inspiring memoir in front of an audience of little leaguers, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing THURSDAY, MARCH 19 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, talks to Robin Roberts about her inspiring memoir in front of an audience of little leaguers, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing THURSDAY, MARCH 19 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, talks to Robin Roberts about her inspiring memoir in front of an audience of little leaguers, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing THURSDAY, MARCH 19 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, talks to Robin Roberts about her inspiring memoir in front of an audience of little leaguers, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing THURSDAY, MARCH 19 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - Mo'ne Davis, the first female pitcher to win a game in the Little League World Series and is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, talks to Robin Roberts about her inspiring memoir in front of an audience of little leaguers, on GOOD MORNING AMERICA, airing THURSDAY, MARCH 19 (7-9am, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Mo'ne Davis Little League star attends the Competitions as part of the 2015 NBA Allstar Weekend at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Mo'ne Davis Little League star attends the Competitions as part of the 2015 NBA Allstar Weekend at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Kevin Hart and Mo'ne Davis sit together during the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on State Farm All-Star Saturday Night as part of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 14, 2015 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Little League baseball star Mo'Ne Davis is introduced during the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at Madison Square Garden on February 13, 2015 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Kristen Ledlow interviews Mo'ne Davis during NBA All-Star Practice as part of 2015 All-Star Weekend at Madison Square Garden on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Mo'ne Davis attends State Farm All-Star Saturday Night - NBA All-Star Weekend 2015 at Barclays Center on February 14, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 25: Little League Baseball pitcher Mo'ne Davis reacts after she throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Four of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kyle Terada-Pool/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 25: Little League Baseball pitcher Mo'ne Davis waves after she throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Game Four of the 2014 World Series at AT&T Park on October 25, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: Pitcher Mo'ne Davis #3 of Philadelphia Little League Baseball team Taney Dragons attends a parade celebrating the team's championship on August 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: Pitcher Mo'ne Davis #3 (center) of Philadelphia Little League baseball team Taney Dragons attends a parade celebrating the team's championship on August 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 27: Pitcher Mo'ne Davis #3 of Philadelphia Little League Baseball team Taney Dragons attends a parade celebrating the team's championship on August 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 25: Pitcher Mo'ne Davis tapes an interview at 'Good Morning America' at the ABC Times Square Studios on August 25, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
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By PAT EATON-ROBB

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - The NCAA has determined that UConn women's basketball coach Geno Auriemma committed a secondary rules violation when he made a phone call congratulating Little League pitching star Mo'ne Davis last month, the school announced Thursday.

Athletic Director Warde Manuel said the school accepts the decision but does not agree with it.

Auriemma told reporters Wednesday that he talked to the 13-year-old Philadelphia girl at Little League headquarters during the Little League World Series after a friend of his in the Philadelphia 76ers organization suggested it.

Davis, who is also a standout basketball player, was the 18th girl to play in the event and the only one to win a game on the mound. She told reporters during the World Series that her dream was to play point guard for the nine-time national champion Huskies. Her Taney Dragons team reached the Little League semifinals.

Manuel said Auriemma checked with the school's compliance department before getting on the phone and was told the 13-year-old would not be considered a prospective student athlete and the call was permissible.

"The nature of coach Auriemma's two-minute conversation with Mo'ne had nothing to do with recruiting and instead had everything to do with congratulating and encouraging Mo'ne to continued success," Manuel said.

The school said it's not sure whether the NCAA will impose any sanctions, but Manuel said he considers the matter to be closed.

UConn began looking into the issue after a school filed a complaint with the American Athletic Conference. Conference spokeswoman Chevonne Mansfield says the complaint did not come from an AAC member.

Auriemma said that during the call he told Davis he was impressed by the way she was handling the pressure of the Little League World Series and to make sure people were treating her like a baseball player and "not like, oh, look at this girl playing baseball."

He was incredulous that someone would file a complaint.

"It shows you what is wrong not only for things that go on but also with some of the people that I coach against," he said.

Auriemma also said he has never seen Davis play basketball and doesn't know if she is "a superstar or can even reach the basket."

"There's guys playing college basketball driving around in cars that cost more than my house and we're worried about a phone call that I made?" he said.
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