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Rodrick Rhodes and Cordia basketball in a lot of trouble


The basketball program at Cordia High School is in a world of trouble with the KHSAA and has been suspended from play in the 2014-15 season, on top of having to forfeit every game from last year’s 23-win season. Coached by former Wildcat Rodrick Rhodes, the Cordia boys basketball team committed several violations, resulting in the harshest penalites the KHSAA has ever handed down.

“This series of events may well represent the most wanton and blatant disregard for Association rules in its 97 year history,” KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett said in the release.

The infractions also earned Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program probation through the 2018-19 season, plus a $25,980 fine.

Violations include:

— Falsifying records for transfer student-athletes

— Providing housing to the families of student-athletes

— Providing plane tickets for a student-athlete to travel out of state

— Providing money and clothes for a student-athlete

— Allowing ineligible players to practice and compete

— Conducting tryouts for non-enrolled students

— Requiring players to practice before the official start date of preseason practice

— Much, much more

Read the entire release with all penalties and violations here. This likely marks the end of Rhodes’ run at Cordia, two months after he told KSR he loves his job and living in Eastern Kentucky.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

38 Comments for Rodrick Rhodes and Cordia basketball in a lot of trouble

  1. Susan
    9:21 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Rodrick Rhodes is such a dumb ass. Is anyone surprised?

  2. Eky
    9:27 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    They have/did do wrong but it’s sad that the bigger schools are recruiting like crazy and no investigation has been sone for those schools.

  3. scorpiocard
    9:28 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    I usually stick to football and virtually never post on basketball, but this makes me think of when uk was the first college program to ever get the NCAA Death Penalty. I guess Rod learned from the best.

    • pseudonym
      10:14 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

      So let me get this straight, we have a Tard fan ridiculing UK because a former player, Rodrick Rhodes, was caught cheating while coaching a high school team. He says Rhodes learned this cheating behavior during his time at UK where he was recruited by and played under the current Tard coach. So in essence, this dumb Tard fan just called his coach a blatant cheater!

    • Glass House
      10:19 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

      This makes me think that ul named their floor after a cheater. Denny landed you on probation. I guess denny learned from the best (wooden).

    • Really?
      10:26 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

      What is the point of your comment? Just to prove you can access Wikipedia?

    • Buckets
      10:37 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

      I see that idiot Scorpiocard got tired of trolling UK stories in the C-J forums and is now here making a fool of himself on the KSR comment sections.

    • scorpiocard
      9:56 am July 29, 2014 Permalink

      Nope. Saying the uk boosters cheat. I was anticipating a comment about Pitino though. I am a product of the $100 handshake days at uk. I know the boosters don’t need the coach involved to cheat.

    • pseudonym
      2:22 pm July 29, 2014 Permalink

      Scorpiocard you did not anticipate anything. You simply made a stupid, hateful statement. In doing so, you insinuated that your current coach is a cheater. Only after we pointed this out did you realize your mistake. You are always ridiculing UK fans but you are worse than any of us with your daily mocking of all things UK. Get a life dude!

    • Buckets
      8:08 pm July 29, 2014 Permalink

      The funny thing is, that pathetic U of L fan with nothing better to do with his life than troll KSR has been mentioning the death penalty for years now on the C-J forums. It’s his go-to move to make fun of UK. That happened 50 YEARS AGO! 50!! Talk about living in the past …

      And how quickly he forgets how the U of L administration had to BEG the NCAA not to give it the death penalty at the end of the Crum era, which was much, MUCH more recent than a point-shaving scandal at UK a half a century ago.

      Dude, you are pathetic.

  4. Echo1
    9:30 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    I bet he is already out of town. Wow.

  5. Julian Tackett's belly
    9:36 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Wow! Way to got rhodes

  6. EKY
    9:43 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Investigate Perry County Schools, they probably turned this in. That whole area has really ramped up the recruiting lately, and it’s “way too talented”, if that makes any sense.

    • Jasonnnn nn n
      12:51 pm July 29, 2014 Permalink

      Turned in?? It didn’t take a scientist to see this coming, lol…

  7. Scott G
    9:54 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    ……… Later to be named an assistant coach at Louisville.

  8. in the know
    9:58 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Yet Ballard can have softball players that live in lexington and are housed in louisville during the week, a player from Meade county, two players that live in oldham county. (1 has graduated, will play softball at UT in the fall).

    The KHSAA is afraid to go after the big schools in louisville but will hammer a school with less influence or money. I have absolutely NO respect for anyone that works for KHSAA. They are selective in who they asses penalties to depending on who greases which pockets. I say this with all certainty, the state needs to investigate the flow of money through the KHSAA.

    There is a reason that some high schools refuse to be a part of the corrupt KHSAA.

  9. Floyd
    9:58 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    …so KHSAA have you ever heard of Trinity & St.X?

    • Charlie
      10:50 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink


  10. Mike
    9:59 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    this kind of thing is rather common in the mountains. Cordia only got caught because they were an upstart.

    • Jasonnnn nn n
      1:09 pm July 29, 2014 Permalink

      Cordia got caught because it didn’t take a genius to see what he was blatantly doing….I’m just surprised it took this long..

  11. Beavis606
    10:06 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Scott Co, Trinity, Highlands, St X, Ashland, how many more?

    • Not so sure
      10:32 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

      If Ashland recruits/cheats, they’re not very good at it. They usually have good teams but can’t tackle Ft. Thomas, Rockcastle, Johnson Central (who is way more likely to be doing something shady)…and that isn’t exactly a school or area overflowing with money to send off. Their district is made up of mostly rural schools who are incredibly cash-strapped.

    • Charlie
      10:52 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

      What are you accusing them of?

  12. Tom Selleck's Mustache
    10:08 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Can anyone say Scott County?

  13. Mike
    10:13 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    So I guess privately funded schools are exempt from this stuff. Amazing.

    • Jake`
      10:24 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

      Actually yes they are exempt. It’s legal for private schools like Lex Cath to recruit. Scott Co on the other it is not legal and the do it blatantly since i was a kid. Remember the kid from Corbin that his dad miraculously got a job at Toyota and they moved to Scott Co. and went on to win 2 state titles. KHSAA is a disgrace only reason they pick on the smaller schools is because there won’t be any backlash

  14. Patrick_Wren
    10:21 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    Wow…..KHSAA way to go after the BIG DOGS! Knott County…really? Wonder how many kids living under the poverty level attend this school? But… good season of basketball and here come the big guns. Absolutely ridiculous.

  15. JP
    10:45 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    KHSAA acting just like the NCAA, they were not happy when the court upheld the transfers of the two basketball players. I am not saying Cordia was right or wrong I do not know but funny KHSAA pick and choose who to go after.

  16. JBCat
    10:56 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    #14 and #15– spot on

  17. Fred
    10:56 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    His wife is the daughter of a senator from one of the plains states, I think South Dakota. She was given a job at hazard community college and Rhodes followed that up with a job at cordia. She is the more talented athlete and smarter of the two.

  18. 14th Region Recruiting
    11:01 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    This is a joke…. What about hazard? What about perry central? What about knott central? Why don’t the khsaa quit being scared and do something about it… My hat is off to rodrick rhodes! He sure scared the piss out of all the big 14th region teams these past couple years and have them some of their own medicine

  19. Bob
    11:18 pm July 28, 2014 Permalink

    When and how did Rodrick’s head get so small?

    • Junkman
      7:21 am July 30, 2014 Permalink


  20. Carter
    12:30 am July 29, 2014 Permalink

    This is the statement on Rodrick Rhodes facebook page:

    Rodrick Rhodes
    about an hour ago
    “We have no comment at this time on the KHSAA sanctions. We are handling this matter through our lawyers, due process, and the courts to rebuke this unfair, unjust, and unprecedented ruling. We are going through the proper appeal process and will be going through the courts, because clearly the KHSAA has no interest in being a fair and unbiased authoritative governing body.”

    Alice Whitaker
    Lotts Creek Community School

  21. brock28
    10:26 am July 29, 2014 Permalink

    Stevie Wonder could have seen this coming.

  22. Chris
    12:11 pm July 29, 2014 Permalink

    The real losers in this situation are the kids. I think it’s very sad that the kids, especially the seniors at this school, will not be able to play basketball this year because the adults in this situation screwed up. The KHSAA should have found a better way to resolve this than by punishing the kids who in all likelihood had nothing to do with this at all.

  23. Alec
    10:01 pm July 29, 2014 Permalink

    Here is how I see this. Looks to me he was trying to help these student athletes. He wasn’t always
    on top and knows people need a bit of help. The NCAA should already be doing these things he is in trouble for. GO CATS!

  24. John Anderson
    11:16 am July 30, 2014 Permalink

    I wonder how long this culture of lack of institutional controls have been going on at Cordia. Environments that allow such corruption to take hold do not come about over night. I thought it strange back in the late 80’s and early 90’s how such a small school seemed to come out of no where and win several State Championships in Cross Country. Too bad they can’t go back and investigate where those athletes resided. If I were a betting man, not in Lotts Creek! Situations like this not only bring to surface the recent false accomplishments of Cordia basketball, but tarnish the past accomplishments of Cordia Cross Country. One has to wonder how such a small school brought forth such a dynasty in that sport as well.