A high school recruit’s visit to the ESPN studios may have gotten the University of Connecticut into trouble with the NCAA.
Shelley Smith reports that her employer may have helped the Huskies commit violations when they allowed women’s basketball recruit Maya Moore to take a trip around the Bristol-based buildings. Sources say the UConn-requested tour was considered an “improper benefit” that Moore received during her 2005 visit to the school.
The NCAA apparently began the investigation after receiving a tip from the Huskies’ biggest on-court nemesis.
Tennessee also happened to be courting Moore at the time, but lost the star recruit to the school up north(east). So the Lady Vols sent a complaint to the SEC, who then complained to the NCAA.
The Tennessee snitching was just the latest shot in the ongoing feud between women’s college basketball’s bitterest foes. Last June, Pat Summitt decided to end the yearly series against the Huskies - probably the only women’s game that had any casual mainstream interest.
And UConn coach Geno Auriemma was pretty blunt as to why Pat pulled the plug, saying, “I think she should just come out and say she’s not playing us because she hates my guts.”
As for the ESPN visit, UConn officials said they haven’t received any notice of penalties, while the NCAA has refused comment. But the Worldwide Leader has responded by changing their tour request policies.
Does this mean no more delightful hallway hijinks of the Manning Brothers?