Oh what tangled webs we weave… The NCAA in an attempt to quell some of the negative press they’ve received the past few days released a statement regarding the Joe B Hall situation.
In its entirety:
NCAA statement on Dominican National team game at University of Kentucky
Public speculation, fueled by inaccurate media reporting, incorrectly assumed the NCAA denied former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall the opportunity to coach in an exhibition game against the Dominican Republic. In reality, the University of Kentucky withdrew its involvement and association with this event due to a conflict with member mandated NCAA bylaws. These bylaws prohibit member schools from participating in events that pay former players and raise funds to benefit teams that include prospective student-athletes.
Basically the NCAA is clearing the record and letting us know they did not make the decision to keep Coach Hall off the sidelines. It was a decision apparently made by UK due to NCAA bylaws. Since the former players on the UK Legends team will be paid (at least in my understanding,) the university is not allowed to be associated with the event in any form or fashion. I’m still unclear on how this lead to Coach Hall temporarily being un-allowed to coach, but I’m sure that things will be cleared up at some point over the next few days.
When asked about whether or not Coach Hall would be with the DR team or the UK team in an interview with WKYT, Cal said “In all likelihood,” Hall will probably coach the UK team.
Now you can all go about enjoying your Saturday night in peace.