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Bullet Dodged?


SNY.TV reports that Shabazz Muhammed is ineligible for UCLA’s trip to China as the school investigates the possibility that he took illegal benefits during his recruitment. No word on how this will effect his eligibility for the actual season, but it does mean that there will at least be questions and investigations. That is never good. Maybe missing out on this one was the best thing for UK after all…

Article written by Matt Jones

41 Comments for Bullet Dodged?

  1. cookdaddy
    8:43 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Regardless, someone will still try to blame Cal for this…

  2. AlpharettaCat
    8:44 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink


  3. Roy Williams
    8:45 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Even if true, it’s still just a football issue.

  4. Fake Nate
    8:47 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I never trusted the guy. Look at those glasses and that hairline. Seems fishy.


  5. Bleaker
    8:48 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    im not seeing that story on

  6. NJT Wannabe
    8:50 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    This does not bode well for Kentucky. In 2011-12, John Calipari cheated and won a championship. Now it appears other schools are catching up to him with the recent Shabazz Muhammad news. How can Coach Cal compete when he’s being out cheated by other coaches? This, combined with the fact that he is often out coached by coaches of teams UK beats.

  7. fakinnomah
    8:51 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Guess he should have went to UNC, then all would be well.

  8. Bleaker
    8:52 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    on zagsblog, nevermind

  9. Hunter
    8:52 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    wheres the source?

  10. John Wooden's Ghost
    8:53 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, some of the illegal benefits probably came from good old UCLA.

  11. fakinnomah
    8:53 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I bet the Forde’s, Thameltoe’s and the Jeff Goodman’s of the world would be all over this if they weren’t busy with the UNC football/basketball academic thing….ohh wait

  12. rawromgmoo
    8:56 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Good, another cheating story that John Skipper can use to help keep UNC out of ESPN’s newscast

  13. Suffo-Cats
    9:00 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s redp that cheater survey CBS? the past 2 days should shake things up a bit?

  14. Irony
    9:03 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    To think he turned down a scholly from UNC in . . . African and Afro American studies.

  15. CadizCat
    9:11 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Matt. If you think that missing out on Shabazz was a good thing. YOU’RE NUTS!!!!

  16. Shabazz
    9:21 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Suck it, dawgs!

  17. FrigFullofBeer
    9:28 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    If Shabazz chose Kentucky you bet your arse it would be bottom line on Sportscenter and all ESPN coverage, and UNC thing happen @ UK?!!!? Headlines on all Sports channels as well…. I didn’t even know Shabazz was gonna be in eligible for trip new about questions with those issues but really…. People only want juicey gossip about the “BEST” #bbn

  18. WorriedWeShouldB
    9:32 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Okay his choice came down too Whom three schools..It was said in the end it was between Ucla and UK, well let’s not kid ourselves with this it was a bidding war. And this will come out do you think Ucla is going to just say they were the only school to offer playola. It’s going to get messy with this kid.Don’t kid yourselves.

  19. NotWorried
    9:43 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah okay 18, UCLA is going to come out and say “We outbid UK, they were bidding too.” and then they will prove it. I’m so worried I probably won’t sleep tonight. Geez.

  20. Big V
    9:51 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I do not think the issue with Shabazz is being paid by a University. It was his involvement with a AAU coach and some financial advisor who were related. This story is actually pretty old. He will sit out some time kind of like Selby and have to pay back some money. If he was going to be ineligible for the whole season he would have probably choose UK. Look at how well it did for Enes.

  21. Badams
    9:58 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t have to offer money and Sandy Bell would NEVER allow it to happen. 15, ur nuts for thinkin we needed the kid. We all knew that his recruitment had dirty players and that this very scenario could happen. Do you really think we need this kinda publicity at UK again? No. Same thing is happening with Rodney Purvis right now making me glad Cal stopped recruiting him. We have Alex Poythress, we don’t need Muhammed. Yeah he would have been a great player, but didn’t he get pissed off when Noel got ranked over him? I just don’t see him as the team player Cal has been gettin on campus.

  22. Badams
    9:59 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    20 is right, there were talks of this before and even then it was said to be old news. But it’s not goin away so must be something to it.

  23. putinrichie
    10:12 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    The payment of going to UK under CAL is signing an NBA contract. In three years he has had:

    – 14 players drafted by an NBA team
    – 10 players picked in the first round
    – 8 players who were one and done

    When you send people to the league that quickly, it is very easy to recruit.

  24. Joe
    10:41 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Actually UK wouldn’t pay money, and Shabazz kept holding out and waiting, but none came. He wanted to come to UK, but his dad is the one that wanted the money and steered him to UCLA. It will all come out, just wait and see.

  25. Han
    10:57 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Zags also has that Bennett (and Birch) won’t be with UNLV for their foreign trip. I thought the Bennett stuff had been cleared up? Or is he just finishing classes.

    And whatever happened with the Torian Graham rumors?

    24) I was curious if there was maybe some money involved related to future shoe contracts.

  26. mac
    11:06 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    It is amazing to me that ESPN, SI, and Rivals have failed to mention this story at all. Guarantee if Shabazz had signed with UK we would have had round the clock coverage on it.

  27. Louisville
    11:09 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink


  28. The Emperor
    11:25 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    He will sit out half a dozen meaningless games at the beginning of the season then all will be right in the NCAA’s mind and he will start play in December without penalty. I have foreseen it.

  29. Rick Stevens
    11:32 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, you’re a journalist (I guess?), so you should probably learn the difference between “effect” and “affect.”

  30. Big Blue Coming at You
    11:36 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, who could’ve seen this coming. :\

  31. Orangello
    11:40 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    26, your exactly right. BBN should boycott espn for lots of reasons.

  32. Really?
    11:44 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Really? First KSR thinks MJ not giving his bum HS coach is news and now saying the #1 recruit at the time is being investigated? Had he commited to us, this would be totally bogus? All #1 recruits have this around them. What happened to wishing everyone that “UK is not right for everyone” well?

  33. greg
    11:54 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t we all remember his sister is a professional tennis player sponsored by Addidas? Don’t you think Addidas would want a “potential” #1 draft pick to be wearing their shoes a year from now, instead of going to UK a nike school or UNC a Nike school? So who’s to say this isn’t something simply of Addidas making sure that family stays in Addidas? Maybe Addidas cut his family a check or bought them things to keep it that way… I’m definitely leaning towards this is from a company one way or another and not something given from UCLA. Don’t like UCLA but Addidas is in the business of making money, they don’t want a prime prospect for advertising to be wearing Nike and have a chance to be wooed by Nike at another school. My bet, Addidas money found in Shabazz pockets.

  34. Old News
    1:16 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA announced it was investigating Shabazz and Nerlens Noel back in May, so this is not exactly breaking news. And you may want to hold up on that gloating until we know for a fact that Nerlens has been cleared.

  35. Self Aware
    1:44 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    ROFLMAO at people saying Sandy Bell would never allow anything like that to happen. In order to believe UK’s story about Enis Kanter, the Kanter family had to withhold knowledge of a certain amount of money from UK or else UK would have never signed him. That’s why Cal’s story about him changed when Kanter’s old team produced the full report. If the Kanters could have hidden PAYROLL money from Cal and Bell, why cant a player hide under-the-table money? When we first signed Enis, the story was “he only accepted X expenses” because that’s what the Kanters told Cal, but then during the appeals, Cal and Bell’s story changed to say “yeah, he took more than that, but it doesnt matter for these reasons.” But they clearly had to change their story because the total amount of payments to Enis were more than UK first reported.

    Of course the alternative would be that Cal and Sandy were simply lying all along, but that can’t be true.

    The people in this state have absolutely ZERO sense of self awareness. Here they are licking themselves all over because Julius Peppers had crappy grades and Shabazz Muhammad is dirty as if every player who ever committed to UK was a cross between Brandon Knight and Tim Tebow. Every time you read one of these stories about another hooligan player who screws up another program, you should breath a sigh of relief. Because these kids don’t give two craps about the schools where they play between AAU and the NBA. They dont care what kind of fires they set on their way out of town.

  36. smoke and mirrors
    7:59 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well said #35. Best reply I have read for a long time.

  37. Reply
    8:48 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve heard from numerous sources that if Kentucky had an early season international trip like UCLA does– that Nerlens Noel would still not be eligible. His official visits to Lexington and Georgetown were both paid for by someone, on someones credit card. From what I’ve heard the NCAA is still investigating. It’s not an academic issue, but rather an improper benefits issue. Sucks

  38. youknow
    10:10 am August 15, 2012 Permalink

    If you think we dodged a bullet here then we should have not recruited John Wall either. He had to sit out a couple games too.

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  40. mikeyUKfan1
    12:43 pm August 15, 2012 Permalink

    It is reality to see this this day time, get used to it. If he sets several games it was worth it, if he’s taken more than the NCAA deemed appropriate then it’s to the Pros for him. UCLA would like to set him sit a few games than sit the entire year, by then his interest will be the NBA.
    Kentucky would have taken him, bottom line; heck I would have taken him as well and hope the NCAA wouldn’t look at him too hard. It’s better to take a top prospect and hope for the best than not to take him.
    Just saying

  41. George
    10:51 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    37) Why would someone have to pay for his official visits with a credit card? I’m pretty sure an official visit is paid for by the university.