Today has given us a couple interesting developments in the daily soap opera created by the NCAA regarding the eligibility of young student athletes. Let’s take a quick look at the two situtations of interest:
Squeeky-clean creep-tweeter Tom Crean has another player with eligibility issues. The hits keep coming, man. First, it was Hanner Perea and Peter Jurkin. Now, Jeremy Hollowell is under investigation for alleged “indirect contact” with an agent, according to Jake Query of WNDE. Jake tweeted the day after Hollowell watched the IU game against Florida Atlantic from the sidelines in sweats, “Being told NCAA investigating Hollowell for indirect association w/ agent. Held out as pre-caution.” While the Hollowell situation seems like a ‘better safe than sorry’ type of thing, it’s still interesting to see that another IU player is under the NCAA’s magnifying glass.
Kabongo’s season-long suspension was the talk of the week. However, he just got the band reduced to 23 games. This still effectively ends his season, which is pretty awful to see for a kid who was the #1 PG in his class. Ken Berger from CBS tweeted some interesting stuff regarding this situation today. Seems that one of LeBron’s guys is the one in question with Myck – agent Rich Paul. Very fitting first name, if you ask me. From Ken Berger:
Fred Nance, attorney for Myck Kabongo’s agent, Rich Paul, says NCAA’s reduction of Kabongo’s suspension “exonerates” Paul.
Nance: “We believe that this ruling by the NCAA completely exonerates the notion of any wrongdoing by my client Rich Paul.”
Paul’s attorney says his client “expresses his support for Myck Kabongo and his family and strongly believes in the player’s future.”
Kabongo’s relationship with Paul, who also represents LeBron James, is at the center of the NCAA probe over alleged improper benefits.
Paul was working for mega-agency CAA when he became involved with Kabongo. Paul recently split with CAA, and James left with him.
And that’s the way the cookie crumbles on that one. Very interesting stuff here. None of this is directly important to the Cats, unless of course UK plays IU or Texas in the tournament and either player is ineligible. However, as UK fans, the NCAA eligbility saga is always intriguing (and incredibly frustrating/mind-blowing).
Tune into the pregame show for today’s Marshall game coming up soon.