Calhoun open to changing rule for games against AAU teams

November 27, 2003|By Matt Eagan | Matt Eagan,THE HARTFORD COURANT

NEW YORK - Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun said the rule allowing schools to play exhibition games against Amateur Athletic Union teams and other organizations that fall under the umbrella of USA Basketball should be examined and possibly changed.

"I've always felt that this rule is one that should be looked at, and I think the NCAA will look at it, too," Calhoun said.

UConn has come under scrutiny for its exhibition game against a team affiliated with the Cecil-Kirk AAU program in Baltimore, though the game was within NCAA rules.

Maryland coach Gary Williams denied in a conference call that comments he made to The Sun, which seemed to question UConn's tactics, were directed at the school. He also called for a change in the rule.

"Yeah [it's a problem]. I think the NCAA is taking a look at it," Williams said. "I know the NABC [National Association of Basketball Coaches], who really care about making it an equal playing field for all the coaches, is looking at it."

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