Old photo via Courier-Journal
Earlier today, ESPN.com reported that NC State freshman and former UK recruit Rodney Purvis was under review by the NCAA, and would not be able to accompany his team on their exhibition in Spain. According to the World Wide Leader:
North Carolina State freshman guard Rodney Purvis won’t accompany the team for its exhibition trip to Spain because the NCAA is still reviewing his eligibility.
N.C. State says Purvis won’t make this weekend’s trip “due to an ongoing process with the NCAA Eligibility Center.” The school says the NCAA is giving an “extended review” to Purvis’ high school. Purvis’ class is the first to graduate from Upper Room in Raleigh.
The NCAA requires all freshmen to complete that process to play in a summer foreign tour.
Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried says he’s disappointed Purvis won’t join the Wolfpack for the five-game tour.
The 6-foot-3 guard is a McDonald’s All-American and was also The Associated Press men’s prep basketball player of the year for North Carolina.
As UK fans are well aware, sometimes the NCAA can get a little frivolous with their reviews. Nerlens Noel, who has completed his academic workload and is scheduled to be on campus by the 19th, was “reviewed” in a similar way earlier this year. The top recruits typically get a little more special attention, and with Purvis being among the first graduates of his high school, things can get a little murky. As a former teacher, trust me, the accreditation process is an absolute nightmare. Is there anything substantial to the review? Maybe, maybe not. Who knows.
My issue, though, is whether we’ll see a scathing report by Sports Illustrated, the “TH’s” new home, on how corrupt and shady NC State is for recruiting a kid like Rodney Purvis. After all, they fairly assess recruiting practices regardless of team, right? That’s what respectable journalists do? Expect a column from one of them soon, then.
(Who am I kidding? They won’t mention a thing.)