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Time for Everybody’s Favorite Game: Is It a Violation?!?


On Sunday, I addressed Jerry “Happy Times!” Tipton’s allegation of UK reporting secondary violations due to attendees of Big Blue Madness chanting the names of recruits. I concluded that due to ambiguity of including fans in definition of a “member institution”, Jerry is probably right. But I also said, “the NCAA Secondary Violation inbox should be quite full by Tuesday, since UK is clearly not just the only member institution with overzealous fans.”

A little later in the day, I linked to this picture on the web site (which is owned by the Lawrence Journal-World newspaper). What makes this photo interesting is that UKAA reminded media members before Big Blue Madness that the media is not allowed to “contact, interview, photograph, video or publicize the prospect’s visit to campus”. Larry Vaught linked to the photo in a tweet, saying that the photo, “looks like NCAA violation to me.”

By my best estimation, UKAA and Larry are referring to NCAA ByLaw 13.10.5: “A member institution shall not publicize (or arrange for publicity of ) a prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution’s campus. …” And this wouldn’t be the first time local media has gotten NCAA member institutions in trouble: South Carolina was forced to self-report a secondary violation when Columbia, SC newspaper The State interviewed a recruit during his official visit earlier this year.

Back to KU. (Gee, there’s something annoying you probably hear KU freshmen telling their townie friends on Sundays.) The luscious Adam Zagoria quoted an interview with Doron Lamb after Doron’s visit in Lawrence. Doron was most impressed with his standing ovation:

“The highlight [of the visit] was when I walked out with the others [recruits] and the crowd was cheering and gave us a standing ovation. I’ve never had anything like that happen to me,” Lamb told Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World & News.

The recruits’ standing ovation from the Late Night at the Phog crowd probably falls under the NCAA ByLaw 13.10.5 or ByLaw 13.10.6: “An institution may not introduce a visiting prospective student-athlete at a function (e.g., the institution’s sports award banquet or an intercollegiate athletics contest) that is attended by media representatives or open to the general public. …” Regardless, a standing ovation from the Kansas crowd is just as “bad” as Kentucky’s crowd chanting recruits’ names.

I’m not trying to excuse NCAA secondary violations that may or may not have been committed by Kentucky’s fans. But these kinds of incidents happen all the time (to all NCAA member institutions) because the NCAA ByLaws leave too much to interpretation. (That and the fact that a member institution doesn’t want the NCAA to find out about a secondary violation before the member institution. That’s real bad news.)

So, your turn to play. If you were a member of the NCAA Infractions Committee, would you consider the following secondary violations:

1) the photograph of recruits

2) the standing ovation for recruits crossing an open basketball floor

3) WVU’s fans having signs & shirts addressing recruit Adreian PayneDustin’s write-up about this was fantastic.

Court is now in session. Post your judgment in the comments.

Article written by The Fake Gimel Martinez

I may be fake, but my passion for UK sports is real. Probably put all my best work at and, so go there when I start coasting here.