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Skal still not cleared, UK still not concerned


Jeff Goodman riled Kentucky basketball fans up yesterday when he released a report saying Skal Labissiere has still not been cleared by the NCAA. And because Kentucky basketball fans live for everything Kentucky basketball, everyone panicked. It’s natural around here.

But don’t read too much into Goodman’s report. Goodman’s gonna Goodman. There are players all over the country who haven’t been cleared by the NCAA. It happens every year and Labissiere just happens to be one of those guys. UK is completely confident he will be eligible and they are proceeding on with that mindset. Labissiere is in team photos, he is practicing with the team, and all expectations are he will be a member of the 2015-16 Wildcats when the ball is tipped this season.

So until we hear otherwise, we’re not going to worry about Labissiere’s eligibility. There is still plenty of time for him to get cleared. If you recall, John Wall wasn’t cleared until November 1 back in 2009. Nerlens Noel, October 17, 2012. Those guys turned out all right.

Don’t lose any sleep over this one.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

23 Comments for Skal still not cleared, UK still not concerned

  1. Rance Price
    10:36 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    I remember Enus Kanter also. The NCAA will do all they can to keep him ineligible.

    • Drew Franklin
      11:02 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      UK kept Kanter out of practice, photos, etc. Knew there was trouble. Not the case with Skal.

    • Gary Bertier
      11:10 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Check the 2011 team photo again. Sure is a guy that looks a lot like Kanter in the second row

    • Kanter practiced
      11:26 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      I feel pretty confident that Kanter practiced with the Cats all season, went through BBM, was in team photos, etc……

      I’m not saying this is the same deal, but let’s at least TRY to keep some semblence of fact-based journalism alive on our fansite….

    • Beavis
      5:18 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Practiced every day. Remember Jorts comment about how he played against the best center in the country every day.

  2. iRonnie
    10:44 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Funny, Goodman didn’t write anything about Cheick Diallo not being cleared yet at Kansas. And Goodman is a big Jayhawks fan. Odd.

  3. Pay Tanaka
    10:46 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    The line about most players not clearing yet is bs. Most basketball players have been cleared at this point. Also, Skal’s guardian said himself that the NCAA is asking questions. But why let facts get in the way.

    • RICK
      10:52 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      paytanaka, You mad about something or are you just a card fan.

    • Sgt. Stadenko
      10:56 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Exactly Tanaka. If there is one school and one coach that the NCAA would love to nail their balls to the wall, its UK and John Calipari. I agree that some folks are optimists and some are pessimists but until he is cleared, there should be concern. Skal’s guardian just invented a high school, and I use that term very loosely, after the THSAA denied his eligibility after attending multiple high schools before his senior year. If I recall correctly, he was home schooled by who the hell knows and this made up school would play anyone they could. I realize that this kid is special but there is red flag after red flag. I hope I’m wrong but again, Calipari+UK= NCAA opportunity to flex its muscle. If you think the NCAA loves Calipari and/or UK, you are high.

    • Drew Franklin
      11:02 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Who said most players aren’t cleared?

    • WeareBBN
      11:05 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      We should be concerned as the handler for Skal is no doubt dirty and got money from High Schools and AAU programs for Skal to play there. In addition the Dream program he started did get several donations so NCAA will want to see from where. Is another case of scumbags making money off a kids talent and potential with no real concern for the kids well being. While Cal may not worry if UK had nothing to do with any wrong doing that does not mean the NCAA won’t find cause that the kid can’t play NCAA ball, in fact from all the stories and things I have seen and read I don’t think Skal will ever play college ball. Sad for Skal, sad for UK and BBN and all college basketball fans. I was really surrised he did not go overseas and play until draft eligible.

    • Booby Petrino
      11:22 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Lol Cards have no comprehension skills. Drew never said most players aren’t cleared, genius. Card fans have researched Skal more than most UK fans, just grasping at straws and hoping he isn’t cleared. Again, with or without Skal we’ll stomp your Cards. With our without Skal we will be very good. With Skal we will be great. #L1C7 #L1C4fornicate

    • Megan
      3:48 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Sgt, Stadenko, there is no concern whatsoever about Skal’s academics. During his senior year he continued to receive his education at Laussane Collegiate Academy, a fully accredited and respected high school. But because the TSSAA denied his transfer waiver, he was ineligible to play for Laussane. So his guardian set up an organization that would allow him to compete. Reach Your Dreams Prep was a legal 501(c)(3) organization, a foundation established explicitly not to operate as a school, either as its main or secondary function. Some say it’s akin to a home-school association, but it sounds to me more like Findlay Prep in Nevada. Did you know Findlay Prep isn’t actually a school? It was created by a businessman in 2006, and the players there take classes at the Henderson International School. Those 12 players, incidentally, are Findlay Prep’s only “students.”

      As WeareBBN says, the concern is how the guardian funded the organization. I don’t know what stories WeareBBN has seen and read, but Cal knows more about this than any of us, and he’s certain there are no eligibility issues. I say we go with that for now. Trust in Cal. Trust in Sandy Bell.

  4. Winston Wolfe
    10:51 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Oh, you sending (The BELL) Sandy Bell? That’s all I needed to hear [email protected]@rf^cker.. we’ll be fine.

  5. DN #22
    11:00 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Nice Pulp Fiction reference Winston Wolfe.

  6. Plato
    11:05 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    We will certainly be a better team with him than without him, but whatever man, I’m going to enjoy basketball this year regardless. The main people all up tight about this is the UL fans who are desperate for some “good news” now that their athletic department is a raging dumpster fire.

    11:06 am October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Am I the only one to notice that the TARDS are really on edge lately? I wonder what that’s all about?

  8. MakeItRain
    12:22 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    Skal played at 3 programs in high school. Big Red flag for the NCAA. He was ruled ineligible for his senior year of high school and his guardian set up some fishy Dream Your Own Program that allowed him a senior season campaign for recruitment.There’s a lot of questions that will be raised about that. Why was he ruled ineligible do we know exactly? These are the questions they are going to ask. The fishy dream your own is going to have a lot questions that NCAA will need answers too. I hope all is well for the guy but there’s something fishy.

    • J-Dub421
      12:27 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Skal was ruled ineligible for his senior year of high school because there’s a rule that you can’t change schools for athletic reasons. Basically you can’t switch schools to be on a better team.

    • Ha!
      12:34 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Still trolling ass boy

  9. bbr
    12:52 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

    None of the things you mention, even if they were completely accurate, are an NCAA violation. It is actually quite common in the state of TN for athletes to be home-schooled, etc and play on a team that competes against high schools. The ‘dream school’ issue you mention is completely allowed from an athletics standpoint. Secondly, Skal’s ineligibility in high school is totally unrelated to eligibility in college.

    • MakeItRain
      12:54 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      I didn’t say it was illegal I said it was fishy.

    • J-Dub421
      1:16 pm October 8, 2015 Permalink

      Harry Giles just switched to a prep school for his senior year. Is that fishy? It happens all the time.