UConn’s Boatright cleared to play
Enforcement staff rules conditions of immunity are fulfilled
INDIANAPOLIS -- Connecticut men’s basketball player Ryan Boatright has been cleared to compete immediately, the NCAA announced Saturday.
This situation involves many of the specific concerns expressed by NCAA membership regarding improper third-party influence over student-athletes and their families. Specifically, it included more than $8,000 in cash and other impermissible benefits, including a car.
These benefits -- which are not allowed because they are inconsistent with the principles and values embraced by the NCAA membership -- were provided to Boatright and his mother both before and while he was at Connecticut. These impermissible benefits were provided by at least two individuals linked to nonscholastic basketball and professional sports.
Boatright was granted limited immunity by the NCAA Committee on Infractions, a committee comprised of NCAA members. The limited immunity allowed him to avoid missing a significant number of games and repaying the impermissible benefits. It was granted in an effort to gather information regarding third-party involvement.
Limited immunity is an important yet selectively used tool for the enforcement staff to gather information that would not otherwise be available.
• Early October 2011
Connecticut and the NCAA enforcement staff began interviewing individuals and collecting documentation based on numerous credible allegations indicating that several impermissible benefits had been provided to Boatright and his mother. The source of the allegations had also provided a significant amount of documentation to substantiate the claims.
• Early November 2011
The NCAA enforcement staff agreed with Connecticut that Boatright should not be allowed to compete based on the evidence collected as of that date. While all the relevant information requested from his mother had not been received, the NCAA agreed with Connecticut that it was in the best interests of Boatright to go ahead and process the known violations while waiting for the other requested records.
• Nov. 18, 2011
Boatright was reinstated by the NCAA with the condition of a six game withholding and repayment of $4,500 in impermissible benefits to charity. Connecticut had declared Boatright ineligible for preferential treatment violations from two different individuals. The impermissible benefits included travel expenses for his mother during four official visits to NCAA schools and approximately $1,200. In addition, Boatright was provided travel expenses, hotel, meals and training expenses during a two-night trip to California.
• Nov. 26, 2012
Boatright returns to competition.
• Jan. 11, 2012
Boatright’s mother, through her attorney, provided additional requested documents.
• Jan. 13, 2012
After a review of those records, the NCAA enforcement staff and Connecticut confirmed that an inappropriate source had been making car payments on behalf of Boatright’s mother as had been originally reported by the source. At this time, UConn decided to withhold him from competition.
• Jan. 16, 2012
After considering all of the facts and circumstances known at that time, including the fact that Boatright was likely the least culpable actor, the enforcement staff extended an offer of immunity to the Boatright conditioned on full, complete and truthful cooperation by Boatright and his mother in pursuing the remaining allegations.
• Jan. 17 and 19, 2012
To clarify some remaining concerns, Boatright and his mother were again interviewed by the NCAA enforcement staff and Connecticut representatives.
• Jan. 27, 2012, 7 p.m.
Both Boatright and his mother sent the enforcement staff additional records.
• Jan. 28, 2012 at 2 p.m.
After reviewing the additional records, the enforcement staff notified the university that the NCAA staff believed that Boatright and his mother had fulfilled the conditions of immunity and therefore, Boatright again was eligible for competition.