As much as they want to ignore it (they being North Carolina and the NCAA), the UNC academic scandal is picking up steam. While just about any college basketball fan outside of Chapel Hill could already tell you UNC had some shady dealings going on, news websites are finally starting to join the party. Ultimately, all this will be swept under the rug. But it could set a new precedent for how athletes are kept eligible.
Here are a few articles to hold you over until Mark Emmert says something stupid. If nothing else, maybe he will lose his position over this. Even if UNC doesn’t get punished but Emmert is pushed out, I would consider it a win.
NBCSports.com – New evidence puts UNC academic scandal back on the front burner
bigleadsports – North Carolina Academic Scandal: Documents Show Close Relationship Between Athletic Department and Professor
newsobserver.com – Former UNC African studies chairman had close ties to athletic counselors
WashingtonTimes.com – FENNO: NCAA silence on North Carolina academic scandal speaks volumes
ESPN.com – UNC academics scandal still simmering
CBSSports.com – UNC emails indicate ‘academically corrupt’ environment
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have the #1 overall pick when the NBA Draft rolls around in a few weeks. I was hoping to see Nerlens Noel play along side John Wall, but I suppose playing alongside a Dukie that was also a #1 pick won’t be so bad.
Good luck in (likely) Cleveland,
It seems as though Kentucky might not be completely finished with their recruiting class. Word is trickling that Kentucky is looking at a 3 star player named MiKyle McIntosh. McIntosh is playing locally in Jackson, Kentucky.
UK potentially has their lineup set, so McIntosh would likely come in as a walk-on if anything. But it would be nice to add a little more depth that could contribute in a couple of years.
Kansas. Welp, that’s that I guess. Good luck, Andrew. And I’m sorry you didn’t win the National Championship next season.
Today’s the day Andrew Wiggins, who doesn’t like attention, announces his college choice and ends this drawn out, roller coaster of a recruitment. This has been the most tight lipped recruitment in recent history with everyone trying to read between the lines and every school source sure he’s theirs. And it can not come to an end soon enough.
I believe that no one knows where Wiggins will go except him and his family. and close friends. I don’t believe for a second that he has not known for awhile and this is coming down to the wire. I don’t know where he will announce he’s going, but if you believe the chatter from the Kansas side, and the host family of a teammate of Wiggins, then it won’t be Kentucky. But then again, Nick Wiggins said his brother would shock the world. So if Andrew does end up at Kentucky, I will give him credit for a highly sophisticated ruse.
Just 3 more hours…
There won’t be a press conference, just the trickling of word where Andrew Wiggins will attend college for a season. This eternity of speculation and every school “source” thinking he will play for their school is nearing a close. Only the word of @GrantTraylor stands between conjecture and reality. It will all be over at 12:15PM on Tuesday. Finally.
The SEC and ESPN have reached an agreement to broadcast SEC games for the next 20 years. The SEC Network will launch in August 2014 and have 24/7 programming.
The Southeastern Conference and ESPN have signed a 20-year agreement through 2034 to create and operate a multiplatform network, which will launch in August 2014, it was announced today by SEC Commissioner Mike Slive and ESPN President John Skipper. The new network and its accompanying digital platform will air SEC content 24/7 including more than 1,000 events in its first year.
The network will televise approximately 45 SEC football games, more than 100 men’s basketball games, 60 women’s basketball games, 75 baseball games, and events from across the SEC’s 21 sports annually. Programming will also include studio shows, original content such as SEC Storied, spring football games, signing day and pro days coverage. Hundreds of additional live events from various sports will be offered exclusively on the digital platform. The network and its digital extensions will connect with each SEC institution and create opportunities for each school to produce and develop content.
The official twitter account of UK basketball tweeted that UK has released the schedule for the 2013-14 season. Of note, there will be a Keightley Classic at Rupp which Robert Morris will participate in.
Big Blue Mist at the Maui Invitational in 2010
According to Jerry Tipton, Kentucky received an invite to the (warning: link goes to Jerry Tipton article) Maui Invitational which John Calipari promptly rejected.
Tournament Director Dave Odom, the former South Carolina and Wake Forest coach, has been trying to get Calipari back to Lahaina ever since Kentucky participated in 2010.
“The invitation was there,” Odom said last week, “and he turned it down.
This really shouldn’t come as a surprise, since Calipari is not a fan of such tournaments. And I can’t really disagree with him. It’s a very long trip (around 10 hours flight time from Lexington) and wears the players down. It’s also played in a small venue and there’s just no money in it compared to playing in a dome or a home game. His reason is solid but I have to disagree with his decision. Mainly for the same reasons he hates the tournament to begin with.
For anyone lucky enough to attend the Maui Invitaitonal when Kentucky is playing, you’ll likely agree with me that it’s the chance of a lifetime. First of all, you get to see Kentucky play several games over several days. Second, it’s in a very intimate setting which puts you on top of the action. And not to mention, it’s Hawaii. The activities outside of the games such as the Road to Hana. the Haleakala Crater, and the picture perfect beaches are an experience on their own. But combined with the Big Blue Mist that follows the team to the farthest corners of the earth, it’s truly a special experience.
Here’s to hoping Calipari comes to his senses and accepts the next invitation that comes Kentucky’s way.
Apparently, a UNC fan site had a post about not wanting Andrew Wiggins. It basically boils down to not wanting him because he’s a one-and-done and hasn’t committed to anyone yet. I suppose they’re entitled to their own opinion, but to that I say pshaw.
Maybe they want someone to stay 2 plus years to help get the GPA up with the no-show classes?
Anyway, the author took the post down. But someone screen grabbed it so I’ll put it here for all to read.