More on Lance Thomas and the NCAA

That can’t happen. What Lance Thomas did in 2009 can’t happen — yet it did. What will the NCAA do about it?

Nothing. And you know it. It’s Corey Maggette all over again, a case that received some interest at first, then moved to the back burner, then fell off the stove entirely. Several years later, the NCAA determined Duke was innocent because its coach couldn’t have known what Piggie was up to when Maggette was in high school. No such luck for UCLA, Oklahoma State and Missouri, who were apparently supposed to know what Piggie was up to when their players (JaRon Rush of UCLA, Andre Williams of Oklahoma State, Kareem Rush of Missouri) were in high school.

This Lance Thomas case could follow a similar path. It’s getting interest now, but another scandal will happen soon enough, something shiny and sparkly, and like a bunch of dumb cats we’ll let Duke go and we’ll pounce on the new target. The Lance Thomas story will fade. That’s what the NCAA is counting on, anyway.

So is Duke.

Don’t let this one fade, people. It’s not so much that Duke was dastardly in 2010 — it’s the hypocrisy of the NCAA, which arbitrarily chooses the schools, and coaches, it wants to punish.

This one is all or nothing. Either Duke surrenders the 2010 national title … or nothing happens.

Don’t let this one fade, people.

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But while we wait, the burden of expectation will be heavy. If there is anything even approximating a logical explanation for why a senior in college walked into a boutique jeweler on 47th Street in midtown Manhattan that caters to celebrities and professional athletes, and paid $30,000 up front for a black diamond necklace, a diamond-encrusted watch, a diamond cross, diamond earrings and a black diamond pendant in the shape of Jesus’ head, we’d all love to hear it. We’d also love to hear why the store would extend him a 15-day line of credit to pay the remaining sum of nearly $68,000 – and where Thomas thought he was going to come up with that money to pay the rest of the bill.

Anything less than every expendable effort to make Thomas cooperate with the NCAA would be a tacit admission that Coach K – American basketball hero, Olympian, public icon, hailed for 30 years as an exemplar of virtue in a shady profession – would prefer to not know the truth.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. It would be a repudiation of what Duke bills itself to be and who Mike Krzyzewski says he is.

 

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Even the mainstream media is conceding that the NCAA will blatantly do nothing and that Duke and Coach K will get away with skirting the rules again.

The NCAA will allow Duke to ease on down the road with zero repercussions.  It’s what they do.  They did it for John Wooden.  They’ll do it again for Coach K.

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