As reported by Adam Zagoria almost exactly a month ago, St. Patrick’s of New Jersey, home of Kyrie Irving and Michael Gilchrist, had their high school suspended and was sentenced to two years of probation for numerous violations of New Jersey high school rules. The investigation into the school was apparently sparked by a call from former NBA player Chris Washburn, whose two sons relocated to New Jersey from Texas despite Washburn’s claims that their mother had no means to afford it. Because of the call, the New Jersey high school governing body hired a former state trooper to go undercover and gather information on the school. As a part of that investigation, it was discovered that St. Patrick’s head coach, Kevin Boyle, hosted workouts for college coaches that were in violation of New Jersey rules. So what does this mean to you? Well, Coach Cal was one of the guys who was reported to be there.
Surprisingly, this story came and went and didn’t really make its way to the PTI’s , Outside the Lines or Pat Forde’s column as they so often tend to do. I guess people recognized that it was more about St. Patrick’s than Cal or any of the other (they say up to eight) unnamed coaches who were in attendance. However, I have a feeling we’re about to hit a second storm regarding the news. Brett Dawson wrote about it today in the Courier-Journal despite there being no new developments in the past month (he does note it’s not an NCAA violation), which makes me suspiciously think that there could be media people hitting this on the second time around. Maybe they missed it or maybe they forgot to hit “Publish” on their sophisticated version of WordPress. I don’t know. I just think there’s more that’s going to be reported on this. The media doesn’t just pass up things with Zapruder-like films. So get your shield and strap on your Big Blue armor. It might be time to defend Fort Calipari again!
There is an added bonus though for you, the reader. This gives you a prime opportunity to observe the lowest form of human debate — the comments section on the Courier-Journal. Both UK and U of L are often represented by only the most eloquent and well-mannered portions of their fan bases and debates remain tasteful and respectful. Check it out!