Source: Reggie Rose not contacted

Updated: November 5, 2011, 3:00 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Neither the NCAA nor the University of Connecticut's compliance office has contacted Reggie Rose in relation to the current investigation of freshman guard Ryan Boatright's eligibility, a source close to the situation said Saturday.

Rose oversees the D-Rose All-Stars, an AAU team for which Boatright played during much of his high school career.

UConn released a statement Wednesday saying Boatright was being held out of competition while the NCAA investigates an eligibility issue that was not related to academics.

A source told ESPN.com's Andy Katz on Friday one of the issues being investigated was who purchased Boatright a plane ticket during his AAU career.

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Rose had no comment when he was reached Saturday.

"I have no comment out of the respect to the Boatright family," Rose said.

Rose is the older brother and manager of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose. Another brother, Dwayne Rose, coaches the D-Rose All-Stars.

"It's a witch hunt," the source close to Rose said. "Connecticut and the NCAA haven't even contacted (Rose). Once his named popped up, they connected it. Someone's trying to make something out of it more than anything."

An NCAA source with knowledge of the investigation told The (Danbury, Conn.) News-Times that Boatright could miss three to six games once the investigation is concluded.

Coach Jim Calhoun also didn't offer specifics after Wednesday's game on why Boatright is being held out.

"We're not going to comment on that," he said. "It is what it is. There's probably 35 or 40 kids right now in similar situations. We're looking forward to getting him back."

Scott Powers covers college sports for ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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