ESPN analyst and broadcast legend Dick Vitale got a nice stern talking to from the NCAA this past college basketball season.
According to The Athletic, Michigan State had to self-report an NCAA violation after Vitale posted photos with star 2019 recruit Vernon Carey Jr.
These were the photos in question:
The violation occurred during MSU’s game in mid-February against No. 3 Purdue.
Michigan State’s self-reported offense was classified as a Secondary/Level III Violation, meaning the issue was extremely minor. According to the report, MSU’s Office of Compliance must continue “to provide rules education regarding the presence of Media during Recruiting Contact.” The school is allowed to continue to recruit Carey Jr., and there will be no further punishment handed out by the NCAA.
Still, though, Vitale is furious. In an interview with The Athletic, the 79-year-old analyst said his actions were “innocent” and the NCAA needed to get their priorities straight.
“It was an innocent picture,” he said. “If that’s a violation, it’s the NCAA that should be fined big-time. I take pictures with people all the times at games! Why wouldn’t I take one with a great young player?”
Vitale continued, saying the violation was “asinine” and he was going to “rip the hell out of” the NCAA for it.
“Oh, c’mon,” he sighed. “I’m gonna rip the hell out of (the NCAA) for this on Twitter. … That is asinine. That is one of the problems that we face with the NCAA. Go after those (schools) that are buying players, that are going out and changing transcripts! Why are we screwing around and making a school report this? That is ridiculous!”
According to the official NCAA rules, members of the media are allowed to take pictures of recruits, but they are not allowed to take pictures with or interact with them in any way.
The NCAA can’t slow Dicky V down, however. He said he’s going to continue to do as he pleases.
“Nobody is going to tell me who I can (and can’t) take pictures with!”
We’ll see how that works out for you, Dick.