As Beau entered his third season on the Huskies staff for 2009-10, Tiffany settled into the Greater Hartford community. She completed her Masters and took a job as senior director of health and wellness at the Downtown YMCA. During that time, the NCAA was investigating UConn's handling of the Miles recruitment.
On May 28, 2010, UConn called a press conference to address the NCAA's notice of allegations and announced the resignations of Archibald and assistant coach Patrick Sellers.
Archibald and Sellers were shown in the NCAA report to have placed many of the impermissible calls UConn was cited for, and for providing false or misleading information during a series of interviews. Archibald counters that he was operating under the understanding that any calls clerical in nature — for instance, calls to Miles or others regarding transcripts and information necessary for admission to UConn — were acceptable. Uncomfortable and confused, Archibald gave conflicting statements.
"We had an interpretation that I could do it under these pretenses," Archibald said. "They were not recruiting calls. And when the NCAA came in, they just said that, no, every single time that you made a phone call to him or anybody involved with him was a violation. We said that's not the way we interpreted it. And they were like, tough luck.
"That kid had been committed for a year. I was asked to make phone calls. And it wasn't like Coach Calhoun was telling me, 'Beau, make these calls.' I just had an understanding that if they were for enrollment purposes, I could make those calls. Everything, enrollment, NCAA stuff, transcripts, that was all put on my plate. And it was from administration down."
Archibald's penalties were handed down Feb. 22, 2011.
"It's not a perfect system, but it's the system they have," Archibald said. "It's tough to swallow when you know, and everybody around you knows, it wasn't really a fair situation. The NCAA has a hard job. They have no subpoenas. So there's a lot of guessing, but they don't get it right all the time."
Archibald was questioned about contact he had with several people close to Miles, people he had contacted even while at other schools prior to UConn in an effort to recruit different players. When asked why he was in contact with certain people, Archibald couldn't always remember why, or what the connection was.
"At no point did I ever think I was doing anything that could be interpreted as wrong," he said. "[The NCAA] is trying to get you say yes when you should probably just say I don't know. I've never been interrogated. I should have said, 'I don't recall.'
"At some point, I said, 'I don't know who that person is.' And I should have said, 'I don't recall who that person is.' They're asking me why I called this guy, and I would say, 'I don't even know who he is.' … And then they charged me, saying I said I didn't know him but there were phone calls to him. They were coming at me, saying, 'So you talk to people you don't know?' I was like, 'Yes, every single day you talk to people you don't know in this business.'"
An example of the confusion, Archibald said, was the NCAA questioning him over two texts to somone he did not remember texting. As it turns out, Archibald said, he had twice sent a single text to his phone contacts — once in the days after receiving a UConn phone to let everyone know his new number, once to wish contacts a merry Christmas.
The NCAA didn't buy most of it, and did have a record of 114 impermissible calls. Phone records showed Archibald had contact on multiple occassions with central figures in the Miles situation, including associates of Josh Nochimson, the UConn manager-turned-agent who was at the heart of the Miles mess.
So action was taken. This came while Archibald was planning his wedding. He also has a daughter from a previous relationship — Kennadi, 10, who lives in Texas.
"Beau has the biggest heart, he's passionate and he's loyal to a fault at times," Tiffany said. "To have his whole world crashing down three months before we were getting married, it was hard to have him separate that and have him focus on getting married. So you get married, and he's right back onto what he can do next. We're both very smart, financially, so it wasn't a strain financially, but it was a strain emotionally."
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Archibald has been to the UConn campus about 10 times since his departure, usually meeting with Calhoun after every overseas trip. He also speaks to him on the phone about every three weeks. To this day, Archibald speaks of his love for his former coach, his alma mater and the basketball program that was such a large part of his life.
No, there are no hard feelings on either side regarding 2010.
"I won't go into details but it was an unfortunate time," Calhoun said. "Beau didn't get the best end of the stick, but that happens sometimes in situations. Things happen and it's not always about what happens; it's about how you respond. Beau, and it's understandable, had some bitterness but has responded well. Clearly, we were not cast in the best of light, and all of it was not necessarily true. Nobody wanted Beau not to be able to coach college basketball, but it happened. Beau did a great job for us, a lot of good work. He'll always be a part of the UConn family because we want him in that family and he wants to be in that family."
Of Archibald donating his kidney, Calhoun said, "I shouldn't say I'm surprised because he's an incredible, young guy. He gave a lot. I talked to him before [the procedure] and he sounded so anxious to get this done for [Tiffany]. A lot of people talk the talk, but he stepped up and really got it done. But that kind of typifies the kind of guy Beau is. Sometimes in the public life, sometimes when you're in a situation like UConn basketball, all of the good things people do aren't always recognized. Beau is a terrific young, guy from a terrific family."
The fallout from the Miles case included the program being placed on probation and Calhoun being issued a three-game suspension during the 2011-12 season.