NCAA set to announce UConn fate

Updated: March 25, 2012, 4:24 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- Connecticut should learn whether it's eligible to play in the 2013 NCAA tournament within a week to 10 days, according to NCAA president Mark Emmert.

The deadline for the Huskies to submit their appeal to the NCAA's Committee on Academic Performance is Monday, according to Emmert.

But a UConn official told ESPN.com on Sunday the Huskies sent in the final appeal within the last two weeks, well ahead of the deadline.

UConn is the first high-profile school to receive the harshest penalty of a postseason ban due to a poor academic performance.

Emmert said it should be a matter of just getting a conference call together by the committee and rendering a decision.

He said this is the first time the penalty is being challenged and so it's new territory for the committee.

UConn is challenging the rule, saying that data from 2009-10, 2010-11 shouldn't be used in assessing the Huskies.

Instead, UConn president Susan Herbst has said that the rule should be a two-year window to allow the current student-athletes to deal with a possible penalty, not players who aren't in school anymore.

The Huskies would prefer data from the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season be used to determine the eligibility of a school for postseason.

UConn junior forward Alex Oriakhi has already announced that he would transfer and would seek to play immediately. He would likely be granted that waiver if the Huskies aren't eligible for postseason.

Decisions by projected first-round draft picks freshman Andre Drummond and sophomore Jeremy Lamb are also due by April 29 for the NBA draft. Both players could say nothing by the April 10 NCAA deadline and still enter the draft under NCAA rules.

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Senior Writer, ESPN.com

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