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Today in NCAA stupidity: Caleb Swanigan hasn’t been cleared yet

As Kentucky fans, we’ve dealt with our fair share of NCAA stupidity, most recently waiting for Skal Labissiere to be cleared by the NCAA. On Friday, Yahoo reported that Skal has been cleared, but there are still some players out there that haven’t, including one-time UK recruit Caleb Swanigan, a freshman at Purdue.

You may remember Swanigan’s story. In 2011, Swanigan was a 6’2″ 360 lbs. 14-year-old living in a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City. His father was a crack cocaine addict, his mother was out of a job, and all of his siblings had dropped out of high school. Roosevelt Barnes, a sports agent who graduated from Purdue, used to mentor Swanigan’s older brother and offered to take Caleb under his wing, inviting him to move in with him. He eventually adopted him. Swanigan wanted to be a basketball player, so Barnes helped him lose 100 pounds and develop his game. Swanigan became on the of top prospects in his class, and eventually committed to Purdue after first committing to Michigan State. With only a few weeks left until the official start to basketball season, the NCAA still hasn’t cleared him because of his relationship with Barnes.

“I adopted Biggie because I loved him unconditionally,” Barnes, told Bleacher Report’s Jason King last week. “I wanted to show him that no matter what happened, I wasn’t going anywhere. I felt like it was my responsibility as a man to help this kid, because no one else was going to do it.

“If I was going to go out and get a kid for basketball reasons, I’d go find a Chris Webber or a Shaquille O’Neal — a freak. The only thing freakish thing about [Swanigan] was how many calories he could devour. Maybe if I wanted to develop the next hot dog-eating champion, the next Joey Chestnut, people would have a legitimate gripe.”

Yeah, NCAA, shame on the guy who rescued a kid from a terrible, terrible situation. What a money-grubber! If you need something to read over lunch, definitely check out King’s piece about Barnes and Swanigan’s relationship. It’ll be the best thing you’ll read today and will also make you shake your first at the people in Indianapolis.

[Homelessness, Heartache and Hoops: Caleb Swanigan’s Rough Road to Purdue]

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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23 Comments for Today in NCAA stupidity: Caleb Swanigan hasn’t been cleared yet



  1. J-Dub421
    12:10 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    How does the NCAA not have a deadline for either clearing a player or ruling them in eligible??? They could just drag a situation out indefinitely. It really can’t take that long to talk to a few people, gathers up evidence, and make a ruling.



    • J-Dub421
      12:11 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      *ineligible, and gather. I cannot type today.



    • okcorrales
      12:29 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Don’t worry about spell checking…this is KSR.



    • BlueRedneck
      2:32 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      That’s right, facts, and grammar and spelling are optional. 🙂



  2. jdarren1963
    12:13 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    The NCAA is the absolute worst organization in the world.



    • Redneck Cat Fan
      12:15 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      But not as worse as mark stoops.This is on you,,,MITCH!!!



    • BBNBIGTIME
      12:33 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      You apparently have never heard of FIFA



    • MADARCHITECT
      1:22 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      …or proper second grade grammar!



  3. Tony
    12:36 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Flashback to the Kanter situation
    Same old NCAA and same old stupid



  4. HUM....
    12:57 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    what about the whole D.Rose deal down in Memphis.

    NCAA rules him eligible (not one… but twice). Then after the entire season is over.. all games played… they come back and say whoops… he really wasn’t eligible and memphis you forfiet all your games and the final four banner (because you played a student that we said was ok.. twice) but should have known that we would switch our minds on after the fact and nail you for.



    • BlueRedneck
      2:33 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      I’ll still never understand why Memphis never filed a lawsuit over that one.



  5. BobKYCats
    12:58 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Just the NCAA doing NCAA things.



  6. CATandMONKEY
    1:06 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    The NCAA: ” We have been making the government look competent for decades…”



  7. Redneck Cat Fan
    1:14 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    I think them Ncaa is doing a just fine job.They are like the Republicen party.they run it like a business,,,and its good for the country,,,and evry body else as well.



    • MADARCHITECT
      1:24 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Are triple commas a redneck thing?



    • CatsBy80
      1:27 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      redneck cat fan… you have a lot of potential on this site… don’t let us down.



  8. CatsBy80
    1:51 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Great article on BR… Sounds eerily similar to the Michael Oher situation… Don’t forget about the football player at Baylor who was deemed to have received impermissible benefits from Baylor because he was living on the streets and they put him in the dorms early… I understand that there are rules, but there is always an exception to the rule. The NCAA sickens me with some of their decisions, especially when it comes to the well-being of these children… I hope that Swanigan is able to play and has a successful career at Purdue. Just hope he never beats the cats ha!



  9. fakinnomah
    1:52 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    How is this any different than Michael Oher (Movie Blindside)? Someone with money helped out a child and the child ended up at their alma mater. Even if the guy did help with this scenario in mind how many times is that actually going to work out and isn’t the bigger point He Helped A Child!!!!!!!!! NCAA is completely ridiculous.



  10. Tct
    1:55 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Lord knows I’m no fan of the NCAA, but come on guys. The pre season hasn’t even started yet. If Purdue is playing their second or third regular season game and there has still been no ruling, then you’ve got something to complain about.

    And let’s be real here; this is a top prospect who was giving housing, food, living expenses, etc. by a sports agent who graduated from the same school that the prospect chose to attend. Even if his reasons were completely altruistic, this still has to be investigated. Just like the Skal situation had to be investigated. We aren’t privy to the details of the investigation, so it seems premature to criticize them right now.



  11. By Reason of Deduction
    1:58 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    Redneck Cat Fan= Democratic Inner City Louisville Fan Troll



    • Not so fast
      2:38 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

      Did you really take what they said serious? I think if they are trolling anybody its people like you lol.



  12. catdaddyd
    5:30 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    A 100 pounds overweight, what are they feeding the homeless?



  13. Beavis
    6:08 pm October 27, 2015 Permalink

    I am not a Louisville fan but in their defense, the NCAA needs to finish their “investigations” of the programs at UNC and Duke before they come down on the Cards.