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Yeager said the committee has in the past moved hearings for football programs in the fall, when there was a game or for when it conflicted with a board of trustees meeting and a president couldn't attend. But when the hearing occurs, Calhoun should make his case with his attorney.
"This is where it's different than the traditional legal proceedings,'' Yeager said. "A defendant may never open his mouth in a case. But there is real give and take in these hearings. I'm sure the coach would want to make his case and they often do. The attorney is there to amplify the point and drive it home.'' The major issue for Connecticut will be whether the committee sides with Calhoun. If it doesn't, he will have the stigma of failing to monitor. If it does, the loss of scholarships for two years shouldn't have as much of a damaging effect. The school sided with Calhoun saying it does not agree that he "failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance," because he took steps to deter the recruit's relationship with Nochimson and did not know that Nochimson provided any benefits. "The university believes that [Calhoun] has made it a priority to work hard and within the rules and that he has encouraged compliance with student-athletes, fellow coaches, university personnel and members of the community," the school wrote in its response. The school said improper calls were made to fewer than 10 recruits and found that Calhoun made only two improper calls. Neither Nochimson nor Miles cooperated in the NCAA and school investigations. Calhoun's response also said he was not involved with the vast majority of the improper benefits, did not know they were being provided and "made reasonable efforts" to try to avoid the situation. He said he investigated whether there was an improper relationship between Nochimson and the recruit, and he warned the player. "Calhoun understands his obligation to monitor his staff and to report his knowledge of potential violations," wrote his attorney, Scott Tompsett. The coach also questions why he was singled out by investigators, when neither athletic director Jeff Hathaway nor the UConn compliance staff is "even referenced in the [allegations], much less charged with a major violation and put at risk for an individual penalty." Calhoun has coached 24 seasons at UConn and 38 overall, compiling a record of 823-358 that includes a 2009 Final Four trip in addition to the two NCAA crowns. He recently signed a five-year, $13 million contract. Under the self-imposed sanctions, the scholarships for the men's basketball program have been reduced from 13 to 12 for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years. The school also has agreed to reduce the number of coaches allowed to make calls to recruits and the number of "recruiting person days." UConn was just 18-16 last season and lost in the second round of the NIT, as Calhoun faced an undisclosed medical problem. He took a medical leave of absence in January and missed seven games. He has also been treated for cancer three times while at UConn. "If a prospect and an agent are going to engage in conduct violative of NCAA legislation hundreds and thousands of miles away from campus, there is only so much a head coach can do to prevent the conduct," his attorney wrote. Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com's Andy Katz was used in this report.