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Nerlens says a college coach told him to not let money lure him to UK

SI.com has a story today on how recruits deal with negative recruiting tactics from college coaches. Take for instance a conversation Nerlens Noel had with a college coach about Kentucky offering him money:

“(Nerlens Noel) recalled a conversation with a college coach during his recruitment process who urged him not to let money play a factor in luring him to Kentucky. Noel, a center, eventually picked the Wildcats.

“I was shocked that he would say something crazy like that,” said Noel, the No. 2 player in the Rivals150 last season. “Of course I would never accept money and of course Kentucky never offered me money, but to hear that from him turned me off. I didn’t hold it against him because I know coaches get jealous at times. I just look at it like they’re really just insecure about themselves.”

Any guesses as to who this coach could be???

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

53 Comments for Nerlens says a college coach told him to not let money lure him to UK



  1. Mino Slick
    4:20 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Low Class



  2. 193
    4:20 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I could guess in 15 seconds!



  3. hmm
    4:21 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    The same coach might be saying the same things to james young…



  4. Head Bussa
    4:22 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Ummmmmmm, Jim Boeheim?



  5. 5000
    4:22 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    UNLV?



  6. You know it
    4:23 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Bob Knight.



  7. Ray ray
    4:25 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I think about you a LOT. A WHOLE lot! 🙂



  8. bigbluejon
    4:26 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Definitely not Boeheim. Probably John Thompson III.



  9. Mark
    4:27 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Whining Yankee bastard….



  10. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    4:28 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    JT3 don’t geek



  11. asdf
    4:28 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta be Coach K, since he coaches the only school where you can accept money with impunity.



  12. Uh
    4:29 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Tubby smith?

    Coach antiqua?

    Uhhhhh

    Joker Phillips ??

    Am I close



  13. gossie21
    4:32 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Well the last 2 schools he was considering were G’town and Syracuse. It might not have been Boheim or JT3, it could have been their assistants. By I’m guessing it was from one of those two schools.



  14. Thameltoe
    4:36 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Boeheim. Noel dropped them last. Thamel knew about a week or two prior to decision so that’s when the attack pieces started coming. Too bad Thamel did poor research and didn’t even get Noel’s hometown right.



  15. Scott Cooper
    4:40 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Boeheim



  16. RICK
    4:40 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    The coach was right, its all about the money that he will make in the nba .



  17. Becca Manns
    4:41 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe I let my picture be taken with a UK player



  18. BigBluSoTru
    4:42 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    That’s total Bullshit Cal has never or would ever offer a kid anything. Why does everyone pick with Cal and us.



  19. Zynda
    4:44 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Rick Patino…….



  20. jwsouthworth
    4:48 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    anybody notice Nerlens is starting to throw up the shocker in the picture?? no wonder he is smiling!



  21. Gavin S.
    4:49 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Is Bobby Knight still coaching?



  22. Ratface
    4:51 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    If you must know, it was me…but I swear Robert M. Knight told me.



  23. jengland
    4:55 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    sounds like the envious and hatin’ batch of louisville fans are coaching these days



  24. Go Cats
    5:06 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Am I wrong that Cal and Boeheim are friendly? Seems like Boeheim made a hefty contribution to the “Hoops for Haiti” telethon. My guess would be JT3.



  25. Dom
    5:11 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Iu fans are running wild



  26. Han
    5:11 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    The best part is these coaches that say this crap are the same unnamed sources that start the investigations of the Thamels of the world.



  27. Mister Falcon
    5:14 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Is Nerlens a wearwolf? Those hands look scary.



  28. joker blows
    5:19 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Jim Boeheim he is known for these tactics and has done it before.



  29. biggie smalls
    5:23 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino hasn’t payed a bill since ’03.



  30. Coaches Agent
    5:24 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t comment just yet….could have been one of my lower level clients…I have a hunch to check out.
    Will report later.



  31. Ken Tucky
    6:12 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    @6….who?

    That jealous old-white-gray-guy in a red sweater on ESPN?



  32. blitzedanddazed
    6:13 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I know for a fact it was Georgetown’s John Thompson III.



  33. DesignatedDrinker
    6:17 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is close with Boeheim and Crean. And has developed a relationship with K. Don’t know why Gtown would, but sounds like that would be who. Although, you would think they would just sell the History with Centers…



  34. 100110101010
    6:24 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    It’s Pitino & Staff.

    Don’t forget once Noel reclassified he dropped Louisville. He kept Kentucky and Syracuse.

    They were the ones who ran to Thamel and started that whole story about Kentucky.

    They figured if he’s not going to Louisville (which btw, come on… no Top 10 recruit is committing to Louisville) they figured he’d be better off in Syracuse than their rival.



  35. SlingBlade
    6:38 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Look at Nelens Hand signal..Is that the SHOCKER?!!!



  36. Wild Turkey 101
    6:39 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    …the money Noel will make by being the #1 NBA draft pick lured him to Kentucky.



  37. bluemist
    6:45 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Why is it so wrong for a Kid to consider how a certain college will benifit him financially as a proffessional… They should make sports a major… Coaching is a Major, Sports Medicine is a Major, Sports Management is a Major, … I think that Professional Athletics should be a Major and team members should be given college credit for participation…



  38. Wild Turkey 101
    6:48 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Coach Cal has recruits falling at his feet to play for him, he’s turning recruits away. As the old saying goes, “Cal has turned down more p^%*y then Boeheim has gotten.”



  39. bg
    6:51 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    It was Billy Gillespie



  40. Ken Tucky
    7:30 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Georgetown’s John Thompson, Jr. and Rick Pitino both cheat….on their wives.

    I could see Boeheim asking; he looks like a bean counter.

    @37,Bluemist: Great point.



  41. Bigcat76
    8:29 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    On a more important note I’d say she’s about the right height. Who needs offers of money, when the NCAA doesnt prohibit poon.



  42. WearingAWire
    8:30 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the modern day recruit understands some of the coaches and sports media (thameltoe) will do anything to curry favor with the right people. Be careful because anyone can be recording you at any time. Signed, Big Brother.



  43. Reality Check
    8:52 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Of course Noel didn’t take money from UK. His shady handlers took money from uncle wes.



  44. theSkinny81
    9:05 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    43 – dude, you’re smart.



  45. UKBlue1!
    10:50 pm September 27, 2012 Permalink

    Boeheim or Pitner. Pitner sits at home hoping Cal will get caught doing something.



  46. Dave Ball
    12:27 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    the coach at Providence…



  47. BleedRed
    8:24 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    I think it’s funny some of you would say it is Pitino, not like he would know anything about UK basketball.



  48. Logic
    9:16 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Coach K didn’t recruit Nerlens, right? I’d bet Boeheim, Pitino or Crean.



  49. theSkinny81
    10:35 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    47 – and we all know Pitino knows a thing or two about cheating.



  50. BleedRed
    10:42 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    #49 – So you think he cheated to give UK 2 of their best teams ever?



  51. Brad
    11:47 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    Funny to me a Louisville fan is, on a UK site commenting.. Pathetic but in case you didn’t get it.. That guy was referencing Sypher and Porcinis



  52. Ricky P
    11:58 am September 28, 2012 Permalink

    It wan’t Me!!!!



  53. BleedRed
    12:05 pm September 28, 2012 Permalink

    51. I do get on this site, quite hilarious to see the dillusional comments from a majority of the people that comment on here, and well played, I did not think about it that way.