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Duke Issues Statement Regarding Possible Violation


To the surprise of some, it looks like the Coach K possible violation story is being taken seriously.  In case you aren’t familiar with the story, Coach K allegedly called recruit Alex Poythress while Alex was still in an AAU tournament to offer him a scholarship.  Not a big deal, but against the NCAA rules nevertheless (the rule prohibits coaches from calling while recruits are still playing in tournaments.) Duke released your general statement claiming that they were looking into the incident and that “proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke Athletics.”

The issue has been met with a pinch of faux-outrage and a huge heap of ‘meh.’  I’m not going to try to add to either of those – there are plenty of people out there to do it for me.  But I will say two things:

1.) Yes, the rule that was allegedly violated is a dumb one. There are lots of dumb rules in the NCAA rule book, this one is no exception.  It’s most likely to prevent a kid from having to deal with massive amounts of phone calls while he’s trying to focus on the tournament, but the violation isn’t like Coach K tried to pay him money or anything.

2.) Still, it is a rule. Calling a kid during a tournament isn’t an advantage in itself, but calling a kid and offering a scholarship when no other coaches are allowed to – especially when you’re calling for Duke – is an advantage.  If you’re a high schooler, you just finish up a monster of a game and you get a single phone call from Coach K offering you a scholarship, it’s going to weigh more in your mind than if it was followed up by numerous other offers.

It’s a secondary violation at best, so I can’t see this story developing into too much more, but one thing is for certain – if Calipari had done this, you would see the media explode with stories of him being a cheat.

Article written by Will Lentz

23 Comments for Duke Issues Statement Regarding Possible Violation

    8:31 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Former UL “star” Samaki Walker arrested for marijuana, prescription drug, and steroid possession.

  2. SavannahCat
    8:36 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    What if all BCS schools just started ignoring the NCAA. What could they do?

  3. Blake
    8:40 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Hang him. Burn him at the stake.

  4. Poco Chang
    8:42 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA should rule that Alex Poythress cannot attend Duke. It’s the least they can do.

  5. SexnNursinHomes
    8:42 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Duke needs the Death Penalty with a 10 yr no post season play. Then after 10 yrs they will have to have a Parole Hearing with the NCAA to be granted back in to be considered “Good Standing” Fair to me.

  6. The Real Hambone
    8:47 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    I wish we could get a ten yr. prohibition on SnNHs on this site.

  7. joe
    8:48 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    waaaaaay off subject….my daughters will play basketball for Transy next year and they want me to go to the mens game with UK is it wrong that they will wear transy but I refuse and will only wear UK?

  8. SexnNursinHomes
    8:50 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    6- good luck with that. That anger vein in your head will pop before that happens. Yoga is your friend Real Hambone.

  9. BigAlSharpton
    8:53 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink


  10. catscatscats
    9:29 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    not the frst time he had brake a rule not the last

  11. echo 1
    9:34 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Every single word Lentz wrote is true, especially the part pertaining to Cal. There would be a crap storm of epic proportions. That being said, this is no big deal. I have enough reasons to hate Duke without having to create another one.

  12. echo 1
    9:35 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    6 – Uh, yeah. I doubt that. The dude is sick puppy (but in a very good way) and provides entertainment without that six figure salary BTI is pulling in from Matt.

  13. DorisBurkeisdumb
    9:43 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    He wont have to release a statement or acknowledge it because ESPN and all sports writers will come out and apologize for him.

  14. blitzedanddazed
    9:48 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Coach K pick up the damn phone —–It’s Curtis Shaw—You dumb ass!

  15. mark emmert
    9:53 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    We (the NCAA) have ruled tha Polythress can now only sign with duke.

  16. shadowboxer
    10:07 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    I’m more curious about the Corey Maggette fiasco than this nonsense. What ever happened to that? It was Marcus Camby 2.0, but without the NCAA ruling and media outrage.

  17. oldkentucky
    10:26 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    If UK has njothing to do with this game. why can’t it be televised?

  18. laettners foot
    11:00 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    The maggette deal was identical to john walls and by media attention do u mean a front page story on ESPN? Seems like quite a bit of attention to me.

  19. Ira Tatum
    6:37 am July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for this clarifying article. I am in agreement with #4 Poco Chang. But, then again it is Coach K (who, unlike OJ and Casey Anthony, will likely get away with murder at some point).

  20. Truth Serum
    10:37 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Coach K: 4 titles, 0 probations.
    Cal: 0 titles, 2 vacated Final Fours.

  21. JEREMY
    11:57 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Hey #18, get your facts straight! Nothing identical about the two stories. Plus yours included a crack dealer! And its about time coach k gets a front page story for something negative, hes way over due. ESPN and the NCAA has stroked him enough!

  22. JEREMY
    12:00 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    And for #21, put Coach cal at UK for 30 years that coach k has been at duke and iam sure he could produce more than 4 titles. Just sayn… Especially if you add all the exemptions that coach k has gotten from the ncaa and media. They pretty much hold his hand and pat him on the butt.