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While You’re Waiting…Baylor Penalized (Kind of)

This green bear looks like someone put their can of Griz Wintergreen through the washer

Due to some phone call and text violations (that’s it, I’m sure…ಠ_ಠ), Baylor got into hot water with the NCAA recently.   A 66-page report came out, citing 738 impermissible text messages and 528 impermissible phone calls from the men’s and women’s basketball teams combined.   The most damning claim, however, was against former (now resigned) men’s assistant Mark Morefield, who apparently committed a major violation by attempting to influence two AAU coaches to lie to the NCAA regarding text messages.

After reviewing the evidence, the NCAA has put Baylor on three years probation and suspended Scott Drew for two Big 12 games next season.  From this ESPN report, here are the additional self-imposed sanctions Baylor suggested and the NCAA accepted:

– Mulkey — whose 2011-12 squad went 40-0 and won the NCAA title — will be prohibited from recruiting off-campus for the entire summer recruiting period (July 1-31).

– McKinney hasn’t been allowed to make recruiting calls to prospective student-athletes since Jan. 1. The ban will be lifted on May 1.

– Baylor’s women’s basketball program lost two of its 15 scholarships in 2011-12.

– Baylor’s men’s program lost one scholarship for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

– Drew and Tang were prohibited from making recruiting calls from Jan. 1 to Feb. 29 of this year.

– The maximum number of official visits allowed to the men’s basketball team in 2012-13 was reduced from 12 to seven.

The talking heads agree – Baylor really got off easy here.  Partially because the assistant who did the worst deed is already gone, and partially because…well, who knows.  Maybe they just really like that Scott Drew guy.  Must be a really nice guy – how else does he get 5-star recruits to attend BAYLOR?  Certainly not by breaking any rules…oh, wait.  Nevermind.  The report states he “failed to monitor” his assistants and program sufficiently.


The LIVE BLOG is coming at 7:30 PM.  I know you’re anxious.  It’ll all be okay, don’t worry.

Until then, sit back, grab some popcorn (or a beer/bourbon if you anticipate disappointment), and watch.  These guys are doing it – so should you.

So many mixed emotions.  Oh, and some guy wrote an article on why Noel and Shabazz should NOT go to Kentucky.  He thinks it’ll ruin the fun of March Madness.  As UK fans, I’d say we whole-heartedly disagree.

We wait.  And so it goes.

Article written by Chris Thomas

40 Comments for While You’re Waiting…Baylor Penalized (Kind of)

  1. ScuzGlet
    6:04 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink


  2. Just a coincidence
    6:10 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, everyone in the right column is gay…

  3. Called it a week ago
    6:12 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t bother watching the special dummies, these kids ain’t coming to UK, inside sources confirmed. I suggest watching the locker room celebration or Archie Goodwin highlights to help soften the blow.

  4. Megan
    6:13 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    So many (seems mostly middle aged white guys) seem to think that talented young men should choose their schools, and stay at those schools for a length of time; not for their own advancement and careers, rather for the higher ideal of what those same middle aged white guys would find entertaining to watch. Really? Some kid should base his entire life on what some nameless man would find somewhat more amusing while drinking beer in a bar and half paying attention? Inevitably when I point out to them the kids perspective they almost seem shocked at the most basic lesson in empathy. I had some guy tell me about how kids should stay for 4 years so the casual fan could get to know them. When I pointed out if that kid got hurt he could lose millions I got a long pause for response. I think that Cal gets that more then the other coaches. The others accept it as a reality, but Cal really understands that he is a small part of their larger lives. I think that is why he gets good players. He respects them as people equally able to pursue their own dreams.

  5. Kelvin Sampson
    6:15 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey NCAA, why the preferential treatment? I did the same thing and got hammered.

  6. DC4UK
    6:15 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    I just hope if the two end up somewhere else that our fans wont bash them for making their decisions. It could get ugly seeing how our fanbase likes to overreact. STAY OFF THEIR TWITTER AND FACEBOOKS IF THEY CHOOSE TO GO ELSEWHERE PEOPLE.

  7. 00BBN00
    6:17 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Who the ______ is Lucas Shapiro? Oh, someone trying to get hits on his article/website by writing about UK. Gotcha!

  8. Get2thChoppa
    6:21 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    for those who dont have espnu… anyone got a link to watch this signing?

  9. Russelin
    6:22 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Uofl #1 next year UK how u feeling now. #villeissports

  10. barn
    6:24 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    who the hell is mulkey, mckinney and tang??

  11. nassau65
    6:26 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    9. we don’t care about ranking in table tennis pal, go back to your mom’s trailer.

  12. Rctbtb
    6:26 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    9- we can’t hear you. We have 8 national championships in our ears.

  13. nassau65
    6:26 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    L1C4=losing first to Calipari forever

  14. joe b. hall
    6:28 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky is on donward spiral. ul is the new king of the bluegrass.

  15. dave
    6:28 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    this will continue until schools & coaches until financial penalties are sanctioned. this is not difficult stuff. the question is why haven’t they yet???

  16. Russell Lyn
    6:29 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Feeling good #9. Are we supposed to be afraid of U of L all of the sudden? Why???????

  17. Marc Maggard
    6:30 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m reporting that we are getting Noel.

  18. schug
    6:30 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    louisville never will beat uk

  19. Matt Jones jr.
    6:32 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    @17 Marc got lucky once or twice. The guy has no real sources.

  20. Big Blue 66
    6:32 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    9. Im feeling like the national champs is how Im feeling

  21. schug
    6:33 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    kentucky will win number 9 if we get noel

  22. Big Blue 66
    6:33 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    and whats the difference in what Baylor did and what Sampson did at IU?

  23. Bluefins
    6:35 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Russelin, ain’t you got the same bridge team you’ve had the past two years? Van Stink and the tattooed one aren’t going to help you. Consider this year a blessing, cause you won’t be in Atlanta next year, unless a flat bill convention is in town.

  24. HDJ
    6:35 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    #8 I think it is on espn3. But I can’t tell for sure, that site sucks. Anyone else know?

  25. Catdincebirth
    6:41 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey all you tard fans…we sent you home
    early from the tournament with your second loss of
    the season to us..what a beautiful thing…
    Ronald Reagan is my favorite president….
    What does that have to do with anything?
    He was still in office the last time the tards won
    a basketball championship!

  26. Marc Maggard
    6:42 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    What are you gonna do when I’m right?

  27. Roland
    6:44 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    9, this time next year, you guys will be feelin like the #1 preseason one year ago is feelin right now. so happy for you.

  28. kyle
    6:45 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    @26 you always usually have a 50/50 chance.

  29. Big Blue 66
    6:45 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    23. UL is on the bridge to no where lol……and lets see what happens with Ricky 3stacks puts his son in the chair after him like Sean Sutton at Ok State lol

  30. U of LOL
    6:46 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Cards, we’ve won more titles in the last 14 yrs. than you have in your entire piece of sh*t history. Come back when you get 3. Hahaha Punk bitchez!! We own you!!!

  31. Mad Monk
    6:47 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    26. ummm… give you a cookie?

  32. U of LOL
    6:48 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Ok make that 16, but still ul sucks weiner schlong.

  33. KB
    6:48 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Please tell me why any parent would want their son to play for Ben Howland with all that is out there on him?

  34. Mad Monk
    6:50 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Ignore the dirty bird trolls.
    Stupid is as stupid does.

  35. TN Cat
    6:50 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    How can Loserville fans talk trash right now? Give me some popcorn too because this is pure comedy.

  36. lakesidecatsfan
    6:52 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    Optimism says- Cal usually talks to BBN when we shouldnt act crazy during certain situations, so if he knows (which he should by now) that neither of these guys are coming, wouldnt he soften the blow and tell us to be classy about the bad news?
    Hopefully him staying mum and going on ESPNU should be a good sign for us! We will know in the next couple hours I suppose.

  37. secretagent0014
    6:55 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    I may grab a beer and or bourbon but it definetly won’t be because of a dissapointment.

  38. Blue Cat
    7:02 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Last night there was a link on the ESPN website it should still be up.

  39. Richard
    7:19 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    I got some pop-corn and getting ready for the funniest night in UofL history tonight! We can’t wait to watch the UK fans cry!

  40. TheColoradoWildcat
    9:55 pm April 11, 2012 Permalink

    How do you lose a scolly for the 2011-12 season… is already past!