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OT: Calipari at it again?


#1

Wow, denied by Kentucky, but boy, can’t wait to see this unfold. Makes getting 5 first round draft choices pretty easy. NCAA should be all over this, and start checking grades of UK recruits closely. Did UK sell its soul to the devil? Did UK take the bait while others declined? 3 universities can’t all be lying.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5443230


#2

Wouldn’t be surprised.

I wonder how much tampering went on for Calipari’s APR to meet standards. :smiley:


#3

Where Cal goes, scandal and probation don’t seem to be far behind. I hope the NCAA is aggressive on basketball as they seem to be now on football.


#4

Was there ever a shred of doubt about how he was getting things done? The only thing surprising about any of this is that he hasn’t had the doors blown off his entire career already. It’s only a matter of time…


#5

Just need a death like penalty to one of the big programs and that will clean up a lot of the stuff. Won’t ever get it all, but if all you get is a slap on the wrist, their is no deterrent to not do it.


#6

aaahhhhhhhhh, semantics !!!

The University of Kentucky issued a statement on Friday threatening legal action over a Chicago Sun-Times story claiming that recruit [b]Anthony Davis negotiated a deal to receive $200,000 from [i]someone who wanted him to commit[/i] to the school[/b].....

…Kentucky responded in a statement.

“The University of Kentucky is dismayed by the continued lack of professionalism and responsible journalism exhibited by Michael O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in running yet another false and defamatory story on August 6, 2010, regarding the University’s recruitment of a high school student-athlete,” the statement read. “Both the father of this student-athlete and the University have repeatedly told Mr. O’Brien that these unsubstantiated ‘rumors’ are untrue. Neither the University of Kentucky nor any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid any money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family.

A booster is not a “member” of the Athletic Department.


#7

[quote=“Skeeza, post:6, topic:1289”]aaahhhhhhhhh, semantics !!!

[quote]
The University of Kentucky issued a statement on Friday threatening legal action over a Chicago Sun-Times story claiming that recruit Anthony Davis negotiated a deal to receive $200,000 from someone who wanted him to commit to the school

…Kentucky responded in a statement.

“The University of Kentucky is dismayed by the continued lack of professionalism and responsible journalism exhibited by Michael O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in running yet another false and defamatory story on August 6, 2010, regarding the University’s recruitment of a high school student-athlete,” the statement read. “Both the father of this student-athlete and the University have repeatedly told Mr. O’Brien that these unsubstantiated ‘rumors’ are untrue. Neither the University of Kentucky nor any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid any money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family.”[/quote]

A booster is not a “member” of the Athletic Department.[/quote]

It still would be a death sentence if the kid gets money. What’s great here is that other coaches are blowing the whistle. If 3 coaches get solicited, and then he verbals UK, you think maybe they took the bait? Yes, it’s a booster coming up with the funds, but Calipari is making the contact with the kid and he’s the one being asked for money, and he makes a few phone calls. He’s never going to last. This alone may sink him. A thorough investigation would get to the bottom of this. The NCAA should also take a hard look at this kid’s grades. He can always go to Europe for a year.


#8

[quote=“Skeeza, post:6, topic:1289”]aaahhhhhhhhh, semantics !!!

[quote]
The University of Kentucky issued a statement on Friday threatening legal action over a Chicago Sun-Times story claiming that recruit Anthony Davis negotiated a deal to receive $200,000 from someone who wanted him to commit to the school

…Kentucky responded in a statement.

“The University of Kentucky is dismayed by the continued lack of professionalism and responsible journalism exhibited by Michael O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in running yet another false and defamatory story on August 6, 2010, regarding the University’s recruitment of a high school student-athlete,” the statement read. “Both the father of this student-athlete and the University have repeatedly told Mr. O’Brien that these unsubstantiated ‘rumors’ are untrue. Neither the University of Kentucky nor any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid any money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family.”[/quote]

A booster is not a “member” of the Athletic Department.[/quote]

Great point! The statement was “worded” that way for a reason. I think UK is guilty. There may not be a direct link to the coach BUT his the cool 3-4 million salary he has responsiblity.


#9
[quote="Skeeza, post:6, topic:1289"]aaahhhhhhhhh, semantics !!!

[quote]
The University of Kentucky issued a statement on Friday threatening legal action over a Chicago Sun-Times story claiming that recruit Anthony Davis negotiated a deal to receive $200,000 from someone who wanted him to commit to the school

…Kentucky responded in a statement.

“The University of Kentucky is dismayed by the continued lack of professionalism and responsible journalism exhibited by Michael O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in running yet another false and defamatory story on August 6, 2010, regarding the University’s recruitment of a high school student-athlete,” the statement read. “Both the father of this student-athlete and the University have repeatedly told Mr. O’Brien that these unsubstantiated ‘rumors’ are untrue. Neither the University of Kentucky nor any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid any money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family.”[/quote]

A booster is not a “member” of the Athletic Department.[/quote]

It still would be a death sentence if the kid gets money. What’s great here is that other coaches are blowing the whistle. If 3 coaches get solicited, and then he verbals UK, you think maybe they took the bait? Yes, it’s a booster coming up with the funds, but Calipari is making the contact with the kid and he’s the one being asked for money, and he makes a few phone calls. He’s never going to last. This alone may sink him. A thorough investigation would get to the bottom of this. The NCAA should also take a hard look at this kid’s grades. He can always go to Europe for a year.

Again, kid, this is vague. From the article…

"[i]Sources[/i] from three separate universities told the Sun-Times that Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son's commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000."

Sources does not equal coaches.

These guys have been doing this long enough to not leave any traces. Calipari isn’t being asked for money. That’s all cloak and dager stuff. I’ll bet dollars to donuts that Cal never discussed this whatsoever. I’m sure he knows, and he probably encourages it, but the way these coaches stay “clean” is by not touching to process.


#10

A follow up to the original.

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/preps/2571594,CST-SPT-cruit06.article