Monday, September 15, 2008

AMAKER: NOT GUILTY

We were quick to poke fun about accusations that ex-Dookie Tommy Amaker' was suspected of some recruiting violations. Therefore, it's only fair that we report that he's been completely exonerated. (Of course, he didn't get caught, it's Harvard -- they're smarter than the NCAA suits out in Kansas!)

According to various media outlets (but none with more credibility than TAH), Harvard University and head basketball coach Tommy Amaker have been cleared by the Ivy League of improper recruiting activity during the spring and summer of 2007.

A New York Times story in March said that Kenny Blakeney, the top assistant on Amaker's staff, reportedly visited two recruits when in-person contact is not allowed. Blakeney was announced as a Harvard assistant coach on July 2, 2007.

Blakeney was mentioned along with Amaker and Harvard as being cleared in a news release distributed by the Ivy League.

Both Amaker and Blakeney "were completely forthcoming in their participation in this inquiry, and interviews with others who were involved, as well as a thorough examination of relevant records, corroborated that the coaches' contacts with prospective student-athletes and their families were entirely consistent with NCAA and Ivy League rules," according to the Ivy League news release.

(AP Photo by Michael Dwyer)

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