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Tipton Wrong Again: You CAN Chant Players’ Names

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Its not been a good week for Jerry Tipton. After acknowledging earlier this week that his story on Patrick Patterson contained a fact that had not happened, he had to today acknowledge that his mention of a UK rule violation was also false. In today’s PRINT edition (and interestingly not their web edition), Tipton ran this tidbit in his weekly Sunday basketball notes column:

Chanting OK

UK compliance director Sandy Bell and the NCAA e-mailed a list of do’s and don’ts involving fans interacting with prospects visiting a campus.

There was no mention of fans’ chanting the name of a prospect. So let the chanting continue. Even better, Patrick Patterson said such chants can really make a great impression with impressionable high school players.
My earlier question about the propriety of such chants was incorrect.

Here’s the do’s and don’ts:

â–  A member institution shall not publicize (or arrange for publicity of) a prospect’s visit.

â–  The prospect may not participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the visit.

â–  A school may not introduce a visiting prospect at a function such as a game or banquet that is attended by the media or open to the public.

Violations of these bylaws do not affect a prospect’s eligibility and are considered school violations.

So there you go. You remember that article Jerry wrote after Midnight Madness that cited an NCAA provision and said UK violated it when the fans chanted the players’ names? Turns out Jerry accused UK of a violation that did not occur. You remember after the Blue-White game when Jerry included a phrase at the end of his story saying that the recruits heard the fans chanting their name at that game as well? While he did not say that was a rule violation, it turns out that even if that were the implication, it too would have been wrong.

So all that hand-wringing…message board debating…NCAA hating…all caused by the allegation by Tipton (and ESPN’s Dana O Neill) that a rule occurred…well it was unnecessary. According to Sandy Bell, and now Jerry Tipton, such chants arent a violation. Absolutely unbelievable.

Article written by Matt Jones