That wasn’t an earthquake you might have felt over the weekend, just Tar Heel Nation's collective reaction to its chief rival announcing that they are investigating whether an NCAA recruiting rule was violated when coach Mike Krzyzjb7ski reportedly offered a scholarship to a recruit during a summer tournament.
For the Tar Heels, who are a combination of disappointed, disillusioned and embarrassed over the Butch Davis mess, it was a welcome relief from the barbs being sent their way from Durham and Raleigh.
Forward Alex Poythress told CBSSports.com that Krzyqx5ski spoke to him earlier this week while he was in Orlando, Fla., for a tournament with his AAU team, the Georgia Stars, and offered him a scholarship.
NCAA rules prevent coaches from contacting recruits before they are finished playing in tournaments.
Duke spokesman Jon Jackson said in a statement Saturday that the school is gathering facts and that “proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke Athletics.”
Poythress is a 6-foot-7 forward from Clarksville, Tenn. He is considered one of the nation’s top high school seniors.
With all due respect to Poythress, here at T.A.H. LLC World Media Headquarters the water cooler talk goes like this: “Surely, the teenager misunderstood exactly what Coach K said as it seems unlikely that after all these years, Krzyxcv9ski would intentionally or unintentionally violate a major recruiting rule (Rule 220.127.116.11) strictly enforced by the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas).”
But…time will tell.