By PAT EATON-ROBB
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut has benched freshman guard
Ryan Boatright for the second time this season as the NCAA
investigates his eligibility.
The school announced Friday night that Boatright will not play
Saturday at Notre Dame and will remain inactive while the school
works with the NCAA during its review.
The point guard from Aurora, Ill., who is generously listed at
6-foot in the team’s media guide, was suspended for the first six
games of the season for an infraction that involved accepting a
plane ticket last year while he was playing AAU basketball.
The school, in a statement, said the latest development “arises
from additional information provided by the NCAA that pertains to
conditions and events that predate the university’s relationship
Boatright will be allowed to sit on the bench during the games
and may practice with the team, but he will not dress and will not
play while the joint review takes place, the school said.
Phil Chardis, a spokesman for the team, said the university
would have no further comment on the issue during the review.
Boatright has averaged more than 10 points and three assists in
10 games for No. 17 UConn (13-3).
His presence has allowed UConn to speed up its offense with a
three-guard look that has Boatright playing alongside sophomore
point guard Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb.
Boatright said Thursday he was looking forward to playing
Saturday near his hometown, and that over 400 friends and family
had purchased tickets for the game.
Connecticut could also be missing forward Tyler Olander for the
game. Coach Jim Calhoun said Olander suffered a bruised right heel
in the Huskies’ win Monday against West Virginia was being
Calhoun returned to the bench last Saturday after serving a
three-game suspension of his own. The NCAA found last year that he
had failed to create an atmosphere of compliance within his
That was one of several violations stemming from an
investigation into recruiting that dated to the mid-2000s, well
before Boatright’s involvement with the program.
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