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Dick Vitale earns NCAA violation at Michigan State

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.

[The Athletic]

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

19 Comments for Dick Vitale earns NCAA violation at Michigan State



  1. KYFAN4LYFE
    6:25 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

    I’d like to know where the MSU gear Carey and family wearing came from. If it was a “gift” from the university and/or boosters, wouldn’t that also be a violation?



    • KatsKlaws
      7:00 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

      You’re an idiot…you don’t think his family had the ability to buy a couple of sweatshirts….it had to be something given to them…just so you know everyone isn’t dirt poor.



    • Blue Jesus
      7:28 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t know anything about this situation specifically, but I think schools legally give recruits lots of swag (maybe especially so on official visits), in the same way students touring schools on purely academic visits are sent home with t-shirts, water bottles, bumper stickers, you name it.



    • jrdh13
      7:29 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

      You get gear on every official visit, relax



    • BBNDan7
      9:33 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

      His dad was a pro football player for a while, im sure he can afford some clothes lmao



  2. Tom Bombadil
    6:51 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

    The NCAA is just about absolete. They bust everyone’s balls except UNCheat



  3. ClutchCargo
    8:12 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

    A rule exists that prohibits such photos. Dick doesn’t know about the rule and proceeds to blatently violate the rule, thereby causing a violation on the part of the school, and then he won’t stop bitching about the logical outcome of his actions. Don’t be a Dick.



    • bigbluebanana
      8:53 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

      I was going to made an argument against your post, then I saw what you did there. Not going to try and argue now, you’ve already won.



    • Megan
      11:04 am June 25, 2018 Permalink

      Exactly. Part of Dick’s outrage is his embarrassment for being outed as ignorant. He violated a minor rule, and rather than be a man and accept responsibility for such a small thing, he blusters and attacks the rule. How Trumpian.

      Maybe try to understand the reason for the rule. The NCAA prohibits meetings with celebrities and boosters because of the influence they could have on a student’s choice of schools. Casual meetings are okay, maybe a handshake and a quick hello, “Nice to meet you.” But photos that can be tweeted with messages are not. Ashton Kutcher caused a similar minor violation at Iowa when a couple of recruits were brought into his skybox suite to meet him and Demi Moore. Kutcher tweeted the pic and exclaimed, “Go Hawks!” In his own tweet, one of the recruits stated, “What a better way to celebrate a birthday than to meet a cool guy like Ashton?” It was no big deal, it didn’t affect their recruiting status with Iowa, but it was a secondary violation.

      Of course, no one ever accused Dick of being smart.



  4. ukkatzfan
    8:45 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

    Was a fan of his 5-10 years ago. Thinking I quit liking him once him and Ashley became a story. He needs to go the was of Musberger.



  5. chris43
    9:29 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

    How pathetic that something as minor as this would even be a violation especially considering the corrupt money train that is the NCAA. SMDH



  6. ukbradstith
    10:06 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

    Good for Vitale. He doesn’t work for the NCAA, no connection to any school. It’s a public pic, the NCAA should take a flying leap on this one.



  7. shelby
    10:34 pm June 24, 2018 Permalink

    What an absurd rule; although dukie v would probably try to steer kids to dook ???



  8. Cannon717
    1:02 am June 25, 2018 Permalink

    ? when Eddie George and Kirk Herbstreet did this with Micah Parsons (top 3 football recruit) Ohio State had to pretty much stop recruiting him



  9. bigb
    8:29 am June 25, 2018 Permalink

    Dicks act is old



  10. KYJelly
    9:20 am June 25, 2018 Permalink

    Vitals annoys the Hell out of me, and while I know rules are in place for a reason, I do agree with him that these kind of violations need to be a lot further down on the priority list for the NCAA



    • Megan
      11:13 am June 25, 2018 Permalink

      These kinds of violations are a lot further down the priority list. What part of “extremely minor” violation did you not understand?

      Stop making this a big issue. It isn’t. It’s a terribly minor thing, as it should be. Nothing came of it except a reminder to MSU. Why are people’s hair on fire?

      We live in an angry world. The smallest thing sets us off.