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Calipari commits minor violation by discussing Ashton Hagans

Ashton Hagans is expected to reclassify and join Kentucky this summer, so it’s not surprising that John Calipari was asked about him at the SEC spring meetings last week. Unfortunately, Calipari committed a minor NCAA violation by discussing Hagans, who has yet to sign a letter of intent.

According to Kyle Tucker, Cal was asked if he thought Kentucky would have landed Hagans, a former Georgia commit, if Georgia hadn’t fired Mark Fox. Calipari responded, but since Hagans hasn’t signed the paperwork to join Kentucky’s roster, it’s considered a secondary (minor) violation. Thankfully, it won’t affect Hagans’ eligibility, but UK will have to report it, meaning we’ll see it on that ridiculous list of self-reported violations in a few months.

Louisville fans blowing this up in 3…2…1…

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16 Comments for Calipari commits minor violation by discussing Ashton Hagans

  1. Daddyof3Ballers
    2:50 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    What a scandal!!! Now I’m sure it will come out that he had prostitutes on his visit and has already received an A on 18 credit hours by writing his name on a piece of paper (oh wait that’s what other programs do) lol

  2. BigBlue4EverUK
    3:04 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    Calm down Cal, lol

  3. KYcats11
    3:07 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    This is just stupid. What is the point of these rules? Why don’t we penalize the reporters for asking these questions?

    • Rembrandt
      5:17 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

      You are way off base. The point of the rule is to prevent colleges and their coaches from discussing athletes in the public media before the athletes have committed in writing to attend their college. This rule prevents coaches from lobbying, flattering, manipulating, deceiving, and otherwise putting pressure on uncommitted athletes, and also prevents coaches from leaking an uncommitted athlete’s personal business. It’s a good rule, and it’s a good thing the rule is enforced.

    • Fitz
      7:32 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

      It’s a very good rule which coaches are very careful not to violate it, but Cal with a slip of the tongue did technically. I’d be shocked if any restrictions are placed on UK or anyone.

  4. UKinIN
    3:11 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    Much ado about nothing but Calipari should know better.

  5. TonyMontana
    3:13 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    Sounds like he was basically baited. He simply answered a question. However… he should have known better. But its a petty little violation, no big deal.

  6. BBNDan7
    3:29 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    We’ll probably get the death penalty for this

    • kentuckybackupplayer
      3:34 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

      if you dont get the death penalty for paying players to come to your school and hiring hookers for them then you wont get it for mentioning a recruit

    • bigbluebanana
      4:56 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

      Sarcasm went right over your head there huh?

  7. ClutchCargo
    3:34 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    You know the newspaper headline will be “Calipari Commits Recruiting Violation.” Whatever. Literally, all the school is required to do is disclose it to the NCAA. Failure to do this, and then trying to orchestrate a coverup, is what got Bruce Pearl in hot water at UT.

    • serdi
      3:44 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

      Didn’t get the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in hot water to have never self-reported anything in its history until it needed more time in its nearly $20 million effort to save itself October 13, 2017.

  8. Brutal Hustler
    3:44 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    SPIN ZONE: If Cal was talking about him that openly, he knows Ashton is definitely going to reclassify. We already knew that, it just supports it more

  9. Rembrandt
    4:05 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    All it means is that Cal was caught by surprise, and that our PR people didn’t anticipate the question. Not a big deal at all, but it should have been anticipated.

  10. Mad Max
    6:24 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    NCAA doesn’t need rules. They don’t enforce them. Just a favorite and Unfavorite list. Then it will match their compliance standards. This should net Cal a 10 year suspension. Roy will have a fake class registration party (with 1 non athlete) and Rick can throw a hooker party (with one non athlete). Then all is good in Mark Emmerts world.

  11. makeitstop
    8:39 pm June 4, 2018 Permalink

    The intent of the rule is good. Common sense should prevail… though it is the NCAA. I’d say the question really was about recruiting prospects after Mark Fox was fired – ideally should have been answered in the abstract ie, “there’s a lot of moving pieces after coaching changes especially if that coach doesn’t move to take another job, so we certainly keep an eye on those opportunities when there are players that might be available that would help your program. But I can’t discuss individual players who have not yet signed.” Exactly the same meaning. But show me a guy who gets through every press conference perfectly. You try it… You shouldn’t have to bring ur lawyer to media day. Apologize and move on. Nothing to see here folks…