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The John Wall Eligibility Situation in a Nutshell


This was supposed to be my night off. I already told Beisner that I wasnt even turning on my computer tonight and after Lachlan’s show I was going to be a dork and read and not think about Kentucky sports. But then along came the “breaking” story from ESPN on John Wall’s eligibility. Lets first get one thing straight. There is nothing “breaking” about this story. The question of Wall’s eligibility has been around for months and was even known to be an issue when he decided to go to Kentucky months ago. Everyone around UK believes it will be taken care of and no one is extremely concerned. UK’s confidence in his eligibility is shown by his appearance at Big Blue Madness and his participation in the Blue-White game. They expect him to play. So just because ESPN is only now noticing this issue, doesnt mean that the people that are relevant (UK, Wall, the NCAA, SEC), havent known about it for some time.

The issue basically boils down to this:

1. Players cannot take money from agents for the purpose of getting them to later sign with the agent and stay amateurs.

2. Brian Clifton, John Wall’s AAU coach, was a registered (although not practicing) agent up until 2008.

3. During that time, Clifton coached AAU basketball and as part of those coaching duties, accompanied his players on various unofficial visits to schools.

4. As with many AAU coaches, Clifton potentially paid some expenses on those trips (or that is a possibility…I dont think anyone publically knows for sure yet what was paid when) for his player.

5. While that is a common practice for AAU (and high school) coaches to pay expenses on such trips, Clifton’s role as a registered agent, makes it complicated.

So thats where the issue arises. These visits did not take place under Calipari (take note Forde), but actually were under Gillispie. It isnt clear whether it just is an issue about visits to Kentucky or other schools/events. That is what has been/is being investigated. No one alleges, including the NCAA, that Clifton paid such expenses to get Wall to sign with him as an agent. But NCAA rules may require Wall to pay such monies back, if they were in fact paid for his expenses. If so, the question of how much must be found and it taken care of, in order for Wall’s amateurism to be verified and his eligibility approved by the NCAA.

So that is where we are. This isnt a case of Wall taking money, or anything of the sort. It is the case of an AAU coach who should have been more careful in doing two jobs that can lead to situation like this, that of Agent/AAU coach. Now Wall will have to pay back whatever expenses were paid by his AAU coach and the media, who are looking for anything with UK/Calipari to feast on, have something to write about.

So with what we know now, it looks as if the worst case scenario is this…some amount of expenses or “benefits” are found to have taken place and the NCAA decides to enforce the rule provision that requires sitting out 10 percent of UK’s games…which I believe would be the first three. Best case scenario is that there are found to be no, or few, expenses and Wall is not suspended for any games after paying back any potential money that may have been spent on his behalf.

Oh how the UK world turns….

Article written by Matt Jones

38 responses to “The John Wall Eligibility Situation in a Nutshell”

  1. i love trannies


  2. i love trannies

    Cool story bro.

  3. TayPrinceJr.

    I think Clifton is a tool…and I think I’m first.

  4. BPsycho

    Leave him alone…..

    “does Wall dance”

  5. TayPrinceJr.

    more like 3rd/4th

  6. ColdBeerMug

    2) Cool unlike u!

  7. Big Blue KY

    Thanks for the story Matt… great as always….
    3)&6) = cyber bullies

  8. Ken T. Ucky

    How about if Wall just doesn’t sign with Clifton?

  9. cobrecat

    The CATS have been out of the bright lights too long we have forgot what it is to have the big target on our backs.

  10. lexslamman


    ESPN would meltdown if PoopTooth was ruled inelligible.

  11. catsmeow

    Another opportunity for the media to jump to conclusions. Pat Forde is jerkin his gerkin to this one. I have been out tonight and not watched ESPN today but I am sure his Loserville loving ass will be on there. And who ever Dana Oneal is she can suck one too. Bioches

  12. UK-Believe

    ESPN is looking under every rock for a negative story against UK.

    you have to love ESPN’s timing of breaking the story, only a couple weeks before the season starts

  13. MIDDAY

    This just in: Deadspin is reporting that they have received picture proof that Dick Vitale and Lou Holts have been tag teaming hos out at the Cali HQ.

  14. gcat4496

    Sounds like he pays back Clifton – sits out the first 3 games which are all cupcakes anyway, and we move on. I suppose it is best to get this out of the way before the season begins. Since Midnight Madness not much good news. But keep in mind if Cal signs these types of players, there is more risk with agents..etc. Agents are not going to be snooping around players like Michael Porter.

  15. Miller's High Life

    I’m sure this is why Clifton was pushing Wall to Duke. No one will ever question the rat fink in coach K.

  16. Dennis

    So, Is this the BIG story Matt was talking about?

  17. P.PattersonISwalkingthruthatdoor

    when we’re having a pep rally in mid-April, no one will even remember this.

  18. Loyal_UK_Fan

    Nothing to see here folks, until I tell you there is something to see here.

  19. Basteballer

    Let’em look.

  20. bballjoker

    2) /b/ much?

  21. UKFan14

    How does Forde have a job?!?! All of his BS is so unbelievably sensational and fake it drives me crazy!

  22. CatsFan4Evr

    This makes sense in regards to Leslie/BBM. It now looks like a good idea that UK told him to stay home. If you noticed, Quincy Miller, another Clifton kid, also didn’t make it for “personal reasons”. Hmmmm.

  23. slappy

    Pat Forde is a huge turd. I hope when he comes to a UK game this year, they pan the camera over to him and Rupp rips his ass in half.

  24. BravoBigBlue

    How long does it take the NCAA to get anything resloved? Investigate, make a ruling, and move on. Enough already.

    Also, good point was made about all the other players that played AAU ball for this guy. Are they being investigated as well? Or is it just Wall? If so, why is that?

  25. bluetexan

    Thnx Matt…F*ck Forde!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. gvillecat

    This is all about Mike Slive making sure all the “i’s” are dotted and “t’s” are crossed with the NCAA. A good confernce commish taking care of his conference unlike C-USA and the Rose fiasco. Forde is doing anything he can to paint UK in a bad light, this is just another non-story Forde is giving legs to.

    We can only hope he gets in on the ESPN brothel.

  27. baronblank

    16.) good point.

  28. david8577

    So this doesn’t matter much in the big picture. But UK fans are tired of negativity surrounding the program. Like I said earlier, the NCAA or the SEC needs to figure this out. This is not rocket science, which really isn’t all that difficult either, so figure out the punishment and get on with life.

    Also, I’d like to apply for a position with the NCAA or SEC. Evidently you are allowed 6 weeks to do an hour of work.

  29. Loyal_UK_Fan

    TELL PAT FORDE HE IS A DOUCHEBAG, AOL? Really, ESPN not paying you enough to give you an ESPN address. Or are you still waiting to be added to the Address Book?

  30. jasonspurlock

    Am I getting old or does it seem like the night post gets here too late?

  31. bluenwhite

    Thanks #31. I sent him a couple of e-mails!! lol

  32. CEHunter

    do any of you hip/hop enthusiasts know what song John Wall was dancing to the beat of during BBM??

  33. TayPrinceJr.

    34. Ice Cream Paint Job

  34. Laker Cat 18

    Hey Matt, is this the “Big Story” that’s supposed to be coming out or whatever it was a few weeks back?

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  37. BUWildcat10

    32 its actually supposed to be a morning post but they just do it late at night for those early birds to see right when they wake up

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