Monday, August 1, 2011

Joy In Chapel Hill: Duke Eyes Possible Coach K NCAA Violation

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 13.1.6.2) strictly enforced by the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas).”  

But…time will tell.

Quote of the Day

"For a good academic institution, UNC sure seems to have some dumb administrators. In announcing Davis' firing, chancellor Holden Tharp said an overriding concern was that the university's reputation was being tarnished. Uhh, I think it was tarnished when the news first broke last year. Then, it was further tarnished earlier this year when the official NCAA findings were announced. The timing is awful; if you're going to fire Davis for these transgressions - Davis sure tried to shift all the blame to former defensive line coach John Blake, throwing Blake, a longtime friend, under a fleet of buses - fire him when they first came to light. The timing basically means another lost season for UNC."

-- Mike Mike Huguenin from Rivals.com on the timing of UNC’s firing of Butch Davis.

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Things That Make You Go…

Hmmm…
Somewhere near Washington, North Carolina.

Pictures Of The Day

Brushback? England’s Stuart Broad plays a shot during the first day of the second cricket test match at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, England.  (Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)
Ask The Moon and Luis Saez win the $250,000 Ruffian Invitational Handicap Gr.I at Saratoga Racecourse in Saratoga Springs, NY.  (Photo by Scott Serio/Eclipse/ZUMAPRESS.com)
The NFL is back as evidenced by the traditional bike ride of the Green Bay Packers on their way to practice in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Morry Gash/AP)
 Players compete during a German Polo Masters Match.  (Photo by Imago/ZUMAPRESS.com)
Nice rough.  A golfer takes a shot during the 20th Eagle Cup golf tournie in Zermatt, Switzerland.  The Matterhorn Eagle Cup is played on a makeshift course on a mountain meadow at an altitude between 7,500 and 8,200 feet.  (Photo by Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA)
Javier Castellano and Belmont Stakes runner-up Stay Thirsty took control from front-running Dominus at midstretch and drew away to a four-length victory in the $500,000 Jim Dandy Stakes Gr.II for three-year-olds.  The race is considered the primary prep race for the $1 million Travers Stakes  third of seven.  Meanwhile down in New Jersey, Coil upset the $1 million Haskell Invitational Gr.I.  Preakness winner Shackleford was second and Belmont winner Ruler On Ice was third.  (NYRA photo)

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