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UConn says its men's basketball team is being investigated by the NCAA

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The University of Connecticut said on Friday that its men's basketball team is the target of an NCAA investigation.

University President Susan Herbst said that the school is working closely with the NCAA's enforcement division.

She released a statement on Friday.

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

The school said it was already conducting an internal investigation after receiving allegations last fall and retained the law firm Lightfoot, Franklin and White, which specializes in NCAA athletics compliance.

UConn did not say what the investigation was about.

However, Hearst Connecticut Media, cited unidentified sources saying it was related to recruiting.

Coach Kevin Ollie is in the second year of a five-year $17.9-million contract. It can be voided for "just cause," according to the Associated Press.

UConn is 11-9 this season after going 16-17 a year ago, the team's first losing season in 30 years. It recorded a win on Thursday night over SMU.

The last time the team faced an NCAA investigation, former Coach Jim Calhoun was suspended for three games and there was a reduction in scholarships. Read more here.

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