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NCAA Tells USA Today that Nerlens Noel is Cleared to Compete

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USA Today is now quoting NCAA spokesman Bob Williams as saying that “Nerlens Noel is cleared to practice and compete.” That is essentially the same thing that Calipari said as well today on Sportscenter. So it looks initially like things are good.

Article written by Matt Jones

58 Comments for NCAA Tells USA Today that Nerlens Noel is Cleared to Compete



  1. yes!
    2:55 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Suck it, Thamel!



  2. Chad
    2:55 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Neato Gang!!!!!!!!



  3. knightynight
    2:56 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    So why did UK come back and say that things weren’t clear?



  4. Sexington
    2:57 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ayyyyeeee Thameltoe is havin a bad day



  5. Big Blue B-Rad
    2:58 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    So does this mean the investigation’s over? Or just that he’s cleared for right now?



  6. Justin
    3:00 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    What channel will the Marcus Lee commitment be on? ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU??

    Good News on Noel!! #9?



  7. Scott Cooper
    3:00 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #5 it means Thamel is a do*che.



  8. bluebloodtoo
    3:00 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s not put more meaning into what was said that it deserves. No one said the investigation is over. They only said that he is currently cleared to practice and compete. Wasn’t there an article a few weeks ago that said he has a temporary pass to practice and play that is good for a certain number of weeks/days or until the investigation is concluded?



  9. Thameltoe
    3:00 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    NCAA disappoints me once again….



  10. SteveM
    3:01 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Great news…. but isn’t that what they said to Memphis and later wiped out their season?



  11. twnky
    3:02 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Now tell the NCAA they can’t renig on this.



  12. Musehobo
    3:04 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Something is fishy. Larry Vaught’s tweet makes me think he’s being cautious. If this meant what we all thought it did, UK would have confirmed. Odd.



  13. Chad
    3:04 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    10- yes steve…. dumb Card fan.



  14. St. Paul Raiders
    3:05 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    8- Two different things. There is a standard 45 day grace period where players can practice if eligibility issues are being worked through. That grace period has nothing to do with being cleared. The NCAA has, as of today, cleared him to participate so the 45 day window is no longer an issue. The only issue that remains is whether the NCAA comes back later and says there are issues a la Derrick Rose.



  15. RealCatsFan
    3:05 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #8, my understanding of the 45 day period was that it allowed him to practice, but that he could not compete against outside competition – which would have held him out against Maryland and Duke. Otherwise, what would happen if they later ruled him ineligible? Would they have to forfeit those games?

    IMO, the NCAA should have a cutoff date each year to declare a given athlete eligible or ineligible, and once that date is past, it stands for the rest of the season, unless conclusive evidence surfaces to show that a school knew he was ineligible and took measures to hide this fact. This retroactive stuff unfairly punishes a school and fellow players for something that is beyond their control.



  16. Ambigous
    3:05 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA grants a 45-day waiver for student to practice (and compete) while they finish their investigations. They say here that he is “cleared to practice and compete” which does not specify if he is indefinitely cleared or if he is ‘cleared to practice and compete’ under the 45-day waiver which UK did apply for 2 weeks ago. They have essentially said nothing here that we didn’t already know.



  17. TimeFor9
    3:06 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    8 The article a few weeks ago said he was cleared to practice, not compete. This is different, however it does not say that the investigation is over.



  18. UKBlue1!
    3:06 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #10 this has nothing to do with SAT scores. This had to do with visits and who paid for them.



  19. St. Paul Raiders
    3:07 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    16- Wrong.



  20. TimeFor9
    3:07 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m slow on posting. My coworker talks a lot. By the time I finish my post, someone else has already posted similar things. My bad!



  21. tankercat
    3:10 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #5 he is cleared unless we win the title again, than there will be “NEW EVIDENCE” and the f**king NCAA will come after us with a vengence.



  22. TimeFor9
    3:10 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Suck it, 16…

    12.1.1.1.3.1 Temporary Certification.

    If a prospective student-athlete reports for athletics participation before the student’s amateur status has been certified, the student may practice, but not compete, for a maximum period of 45 days. After this period, the student shall have his or her amateur status certified to continue to practice or to compete. (Adopted: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06, for all final certifications for student-athletes initially enrolling at a Division I or Division II institution on or after 8/1/07, Revised: 11/29/09)



  23. Ambigious
    3:14 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Timefor9…I am assuming that 9 is referring to your 9th birthday since you have the maturity level of an 8 year old. Congrats on that and on using the google to supplement your intelligence.

    Here’s an idea – post like you might actually be having a conversation with a person you hardly know who supports the same team as yours – instead of like a monkey with a keyboard who never learned social skills.

    Have a great day!



  24. Head Bussa
    3:15 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    The investigation is over guys. UK’s PR people were just waiting to get the official word. Sounds like this just came down late yesterday or this morning. The guy is going to suit up this season. I haven’t been worried one bit as he went to a good school and Sandy Bell has been all over this case and was totally confident everything was all good.



  25. Pete Thamel
    3:19 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Pete Thamel with breaking news……reporting that Bob Williams is receiving funds from Cal. My source is my doorman. It only cost $500 for him to be my source. #GreatValue



  26. Amigious
    3:20 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Timefor9 – then there is this little bit from Andy Katz on Shabazz (same situation as N.N.) which states the opposite of what you have posted. My guess is he knows a bit more than you about such issues.
    From Andy Katz of ESPN:
    “The NCAA gives schools a 45-day window for players to practice during an initial eligibility process. The Bruins don’t start the fall quarter until later this month. The Bruins could conceivably wait to start Muhammad’s clock until practice starts on Oct. 12. That means Muhammad could practice for the first month of the season and play possibly in the opener while the NCAA deals with an amateurism/extra benefit issue with Muhammad.”



  27. kes
    3:21 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    word to the wise, nothing the ncaa says is EVER FINAL. they said derrick rose was ok as well



  28. TimeFor9
    3:23 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Dear Ambigious post 23,

    How are you, good sir (or madame). I hope you are having a fabulous day. While I used Google to supplement the correct information in my post, you used incorrect information in yours. Somehow you seem to think this makes me less intelligent than you…interesting. I’d rather make sure my facts are correct when I make posts, than continue negativity towards situations with false information. I apologize if I hurt your feelings. It just gets frustrating when people post opinions like they are facts, when the facts are opposite of what that person says. I hope you are having a fabulous day, and I hope the rest of your week is amazing.

    Sincerely,
    TimeFor9

    ps…I may be 9 years old, but I can correctly spell Ambiguous.



  29. MattD
    3:23 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    @23 – Timefor9 did not ‘supplement his intelligence,’ he simply researched his response. Using sources doesn’t make him ignorant; talking off the cuff, and making statements that are not true, but sound good, is ignorant. Its like the old adage, “think before you speak”. I am not sure if you are more upset that he said “suck it,” which you took as a jab at you, or the fact that he pointed out that you were talking out of your rear. With that said, saying “Suck it, 16….” seems more like a playful jab than an insult made by “a monkey with a keyboard who never learned social skills.” Your evident Outrage is misplaced, and I believe it is you who lacks appropriate social skills, namely, the ability to take criticism when you say something patently false.

    Go Cats.



  30. TimeFor9
    3:27 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    26 Andy Katz probably does know more than me, but my post was copied directly from NCAA rules. Here’s the website if you want to see it. http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/DI_Amateurism_Cab/2009/September/Supplement%20No.%2013.pdf

    Are are silly if you think what a reporter says trumps NCAA written rules.



  31. Amigious
    3:27 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    To 28 and 29:
    A) The mis-pelling is intentional. I use it often on this site.
    B) See post 26. I can cite other sources as well – the issue revolves around temporary certification versus initial. A subtle but hugely important detail you overlooked in your googling
    C) I apologize for recommending a civil discourse. How asinine of me.



  32. TimeFor9
    3:29 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    thanks 29, I was just kidding around. Why so serious, Ambigious?



  33. Shaq
    3:30 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #16 How does Timefor9’s ass taste?



  34. Amigious
    3:32 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Here is another guy who happens to know the NCAA rule and stipulations from just last week:
    “Kentucky head coach John Calipari said Thursday at a press conference: “[Noel] will practice. If we played today, he would play.”



  35. TimeFor9
    3:32 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    31 Apology accepted. You are so kind. Also, you are still incorrect.



  36. Shaq's Momma
    3:33 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Shaq – Thank your for your very well-thought contribution to this discourse. You sir are a scholar and gentleman….and by that I mean, neither.



  37. Ambigious
    3:35 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #35 – you are most welcome. I am certain you should get a position on Cal’s staff since you clearly know more than he does regarding this issue. I’ll give Barnie a call for you.



  38. Goingfor9
    3:37 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    He is only cleared to practice at this point. If the season started today, he would be in street clothes.



  39. Midge
    3:38 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Numero nueve



  40. VoiceofReason
    3:40 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #38 – You sure about that? Per Cal “Kentucky head coach John Calipari said Thursday at a press conference: “[Noel] will practice. If we played today, he would play.”



  41. VoiceofReason
    3:41 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink


  42. barn
    3:45 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    40–who you gonna believe? gofer9 or coach cal?



  43. Musehobo
    3:48 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Amigious- If there is a difference in initial eligibilty and temporary, cite it. You still haven’t cited a source better than his.

    And btw, he sites the rule on Temporary status. This is on the NCAA’s website regarding initial status. It seems initial status only has to do with academic issues:

    The initial-eligibility waiver process assists prospective student-athletes who do not meet the academic initial-eligibility standards.

    A school must file an initial-eligibility waiver on behalf of the prospective student-athlete. The NCAA academic and membership affairs staff can make initial waiver decisions based on objective evidence of mitigating circumstances. Committees composed of representatives from Divisions I and II member schools hear appeals.

    Waivers can be submitted for various circumstances, including deficiencies in core-course attainment, core-course grade-point average and graduation; not meeting the test-score or waiver- submission deadlines; a change on a transcript; and education-impacting disabilities.

    Waivers can be conditionally approved (allowing a student-athlete to receive aid or receive aid and practice), fully approved or denied. Student-athletes can practice and receive benefits while initial-eligibility waiver requests are pending, subject to some restrictions.



  44. Goingfor9 Eats Lead Paint
    3:49 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    not really any other explanation, is there?



  45. ambigious
    3:49 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Here is my source: Coach Cal. Thanks.



  46. Beavis
    3:50 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Lets kill two birds with one stone,,,the NCAA and 15 second Rick are both full of shit



  47. Musehobo
    3:55 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Amigious) Thank you for revealing you don’t know as much as you act you like you do.



  48. Woot
    3:57 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    YES!! I figured he would be, but yes!



  49. SteveM
    3:59 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #13…dumbass…my point is you can never trust the NCAA



  50. theWilkman
    4:01 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    This picture of Nerlens always cracks me up. Looks like he’s got a bad case of gas



  51. asdf
    4:17 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!



  52. asdf
    4:18 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!



  53. Are You Serious?
    4:37 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks #38 for cutting through the NCAA source comments and giving us your take on it…NOT!



  54. Sources Close To Program
    4:41 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    #38 If I understand your post correctly, he can practice but if season began today he could only play if he wore street clothes….Hmmmm!



  55. jeff goodman's gun and knife show ... call a buddy , bring a friend
    5:21 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Jeff Goodman : ” i would be surprised if Nerlens Noel plays one game for UK this season” …. oops



  56. Entelligents
    5:24 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Cal’s statement that “If we played today, he would play.” was probably a combination of his confidence that Nerlens would be cleared and a reference to the 45-day grace period. Now that the NCAA has cleared him, that 45-day grace period is no longer such a thing, and he’s just plain ol’ eligible to play all season. Why is this even being discussed? If anything, we should only be worried the NCAA does a Derrick Rose as others have mentioned, as he was cleared to compete as well but then considered ineligible. Granted, that was due to SAT scores, but if after the season the NCAA found out Noel was given free plane tickets and car rides to Lexington by a runner or agent, he’d sure as heck be declared ineligible to have played and the season would be wiped out.



  57. Ole Roy Williams
    8:58 pm October 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ole Roy is tired of that daggum Coach Cal…he gets all the daggum players.

    Excuse me….Ole Roy is going to go cry now.



  58. BullDogBall
    7:25 am October 18, 2012 Permalink

    That fella needs to locate a decent barber! I know there must be a sheep producer with a good set of shears somewhere in Ky.