NCAA investigating UConn men's basketball program

The UConn men's basketball program is the target of an NCAA investigation, the school confirmed Friday.

The New Haven Register reported Thursday that part of the inquiry involves the recruiting practices under Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie.

"The NCAA has notified UConn of an inquiry into its men's basketball program," the university said in a statement. "We are working closely with the NCAA's enforcement division as they conduct this inquiry.

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"Based on our own, NCAA-mandated internal review following allegations directed at men's basketball programs last fall, we had already retained Lightfoot, Franklin and White to assist us in a review of our men's basketball program. We will continue to work with them during the NCAA inquiry. Lightfoot, Franklin and White is a respected firm and national leader in NCAA athletics compliance.

"The University and its Athletic Department are committed to a culture of compliance with all NCAA regulations. We will appropriately address and respond to this inquiry and continue cooperating fully with the NCAA as this process moves forward. Until that time, we will have no further comment."

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UConn president Susan Herbst also released a statement released Friday morning.

"UConn is absolutely committed to a culture of compliance and intends to fully cooperate, as always, with the NCAA, "Herbst said in the statement. "We will do so in a thorough and transparent manner reflective of the model athletic and academic institution we continually strive to be.

The investigation is not related to the ongoing FBI probe into bribery at college basketball programs around the country, according to the New Haven Register.

UConn is 11-9 overall and 4-3 in the American Athletic Conference this season following Thursday night's 63-52 win over SMU.

--Field Level Media

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