The NCAA and Integrity

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The NCAA ran roughshod over any and every line, in an attempt to prove that some extra benefits were provided.  In doing so, they crossed moral, ethical and possibly legal lines.The University’s lawyers were too scared to call foul on the NCAA, for fear of getting retribution for being uncooperative similar to that with USC was hit.  That’s correct; the report stated that an institution was afraid to defend itself because the NCAA punishes schools that do just that.  And the report saw nothing wrong with this, actually using it as a defense for the NCAA saying that the NCAA would have known they were doing wrong had the University’s lawyers said something. When it was discovered that the NCAA did in fact act improperly, they initiated an EXTREMELY narrow investigation designed to not look into almost all of their investigative activities.  This is completely the opposite approach that the NCAA uses when dealing with schools (Reggie Johnson was suspended 1 game for things completely unrelated to the Nevin Shapiro case, because the NCAA decided to comb through Miami’s entire athletic department after Shapiro opened the door). The NCAA used a scalpel to exclude exactly the information that was related to the depositions (directly or indirectly), and NOT exclude anything else even though they now know their investigator was corrupt and had contempt for investigative rules and fair play.The NCAA declared themselves a just and good organization despite this foul play reaching the highest levels of the NCAA organization and ignoring the fact that this foul play was in fact the result of investigators acting on Emmert’s own instruction to get “creative.”

Donna Shalala, University of Miami

Mark Emmert and the NCAA Double Standard

Please pardon Kevin Ollie if he seems a bit confused. The sight of Carolina blue has that effect on people.

It apparently baffled the NCAA. The Tar Heels had major scholastic issues and escaped without a sanctioning scratch.

Like North Carolina, UConn had a major academic breakdown. The offenses weren’t the same, but how they were handled cries out for explanation. That will happen about the time Roy Williams wins Dancing with the Stars. All we can do is scratch our heads and wonder why every student at UNC doesn’t major in African and Afro-American Studies.

There were 54 classes in which the only apparent passing requirement was that the student be able to tackle or dribble.

It wrote the manual on double standards and arbitrary justice. In fact, NCAA officials could teach a course on those subjects. If they taught it at North Carolina, it would be in front of an empty room.

Not that anyone from the NCAA would notice.

 

UNC took a major blow with this scandal. Perception wise. They’ll be scrutinized more and more by the media now. If anything else happens, it will blow up cosmically.

UNC should have been placed on probation and had games/banners vacated. Had Sean May or any of a dozen other UNC basketball players not been enrolled in Afro-American non-studies, they’d have been in eligible. Julius Peppers would have been academically ineligible if it weren’t for those classes. That’s reality. The dude was barely eligible WITH them. UNC cheated and skated. And you can not tell me that Dean Smith, Guthridge, Doherty and Williams were oblivious to this. You may as well try to tell me that Wooden knew nothing about Sam Gilbert. Therefore, all of those guys are just as culpable. This stains the integrity of UNC and Dean Smith forever.

No one will talk about Smith, though. He’s another sacred cow. The man who put more athletes into the NBA than nearly anyone and still only came away with two Championships. The “innovator” of the Four Corners “offense” and the reason that the shot clock was enacted into NCAA Basketball legislation. Did anyone actually stay to watch that garbage or did the stands start to empty once it was employed?

The NCAA being what it is, UNC skates. Smith skates. Roy skates. Doherty ws already run out of town. Duke and K will skate on the Thomas scandal as well. The NCAA wants no part in laying the hammer on it’s two banner programs.

No one said that life is fair, I reckon. But the day will come…and probably not too far off.

Had that same scandal occurred at UK under Calipari or really any program under Calipari, the NCAA would have stepped in and lowered the boom.

Emmert and the rest of the NCAA gang have zero credibility, zero integrity. The Miami AD, Paul Dee, who became NCAA Commissar was proof enough of this.

THE BLOCK!

The Block heard round the world!

Anthony Davis comes through big for Marquis Teague and the Kentucky Wildcats.  With Kentucky up one point, Teague missed the front end of a one and one giving Carolina the ball with twenty seconds on the clock.

Carolina moves the ball down court.  Tyler Zeller misses the shot and pushes the rebound out to Henson.  Henson goes up for a twelve footer for the win.  Davis comes out of nowhere, blocks Hensons shot, jumps up a second time and grabs the ball out of the air.

UNC goes into shock.  They had 5 seconds left on the clock.  Plenty of time to foul.  Ice the shooter and attempt to win the game off of the next possession.  But they didn’t react.  They froze for a precious 2 seconds.

Davis passed it off to Teague who runs the ball to half court as time runs off the clock.

Game over.  Win to Kentucky!

UK 73 ~ UNC 72

GO BIG BLUE!!!

Classic Coach K Moment!

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On Jeopardy, the topic was something like “College Movies.” Each answer contained the name of a college.

The clue was something to the effect of  “Coach K should be very familiar with this movie.” The correct answer was “What is ‘The Dukes of Hazard?'”

However, the contestant responded with “What is Jackass?”

Awesome!  The Dude had to be a UNC or Kentucky Alum.

Wherever he went to school, he definitely learned well.

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Kentucky is 18-0

UK has gone from NIT loser to potentially the Number 1 Team in the Nation in less than a year.  Coach Cal has accomplished an amazing turn around at Kentucky.  Simply amazing.

GO CATS!

Beat the Hogs!

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In other news, both UL and UNC are on three game skids.  Pitino must be pulling at those plugs and you just know Roy is crying into an ice cold Coca Cola right now.

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The Cats Hang On in a Tough One! UNC goes down! UK 68 ~ UNC 66

John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game on December 5, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 68-66. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats shoots the ball while defended by Marcus Ginyard #1 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during the game on December 5, 2009 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won 68-66. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Andy Lyons

No.5 Kentucky edges No.10 North Carolina

Big Cuz talked a big game but didn’t put up much to show for it.  He’ll have plenty of chances to redeem himself, though.

It was a hell of a game. I looked and the Cats were up by 19.

Half time came and went and suddenly the Cats were no longer taking it to them.  Wall, apparently, had cramps.  #54 held it down, but, no one else stepped up while Blue Jesus was out.

Finally, though, Eric Bledsoe took advantage of opportunity and iced his free throws and Wall came back in time to to help putt he game away.  EB and JW put the final touches on a nice win by hitting 5 of 6 in the final 30 seconds as the Cats held off the Tar Heels.

A nice halt to a 5 game skid that began back in the days of TLT and continued through the lunacy that was Billy Gillispie.

Excellent Game Guys.  Wish I could have watched it.  AFN doesn’t think that College Basketball is very popular overseas, so I’ll have to catch it tomorrow on tape delay.  Better late than never though.

Thanksfully, the guys at Wildcatnation.net kept me up to date throughout the game.  If the game was half as frantic as the chat room, tape delay probably saved me a heart attack.

GO BIG BLUE!

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – John Calipari’s rebuilding project at Kentucky is ahead of schedule.

Patrick Patterson added 19 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky (8-0), which snapped a five-game losing streak to the Tar Heels (7-2) and inched closer to becoming the first program to reach 2,000 victories. The Wildcats have 1,996, while North Carolina has 1,991.

Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 14 points and Will Graves added 13, but the Tar Heels‘ second-half rally stalled in the final minutes.

Wall and fellow freshman Eric Bledsoe made sure of it, making 5 of 6 free throws in the last 30 seconds after North Carolina had trimmed a 19-point deficit to two.

Freshman star John Wall shook off a leg injury to finish with 16 points, including the clinching free throws with 4 seconds remaining, and the fifth-ranked Wildcats held off No. 10 North Carolina 68-66 on Saturday.

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Player Game
FGM-A FTM-A 3PM-A Off
Reb
Def
Reb
Tot
Reb
Ast PF Pts
E Bledsoe 2-7 5-6 0-2 0 1 1 1 4 9
P Patterson 8-12 2-2 1-1 2 5 7 0 1 19
D Miller 3-7 0-0 2-5 1 2 3 1 0 8
D Cousins 2-7 1-5 0-0 1 4 5 0 4 5
J Wall 5-10 5-7 1-2 0 5 5 7 2 16
P Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0
D Orton 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 3 1 4 0
D Dodson 3-7 1-2 2-6 2 3 5 0 1 9
R Harris 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 1 3 2 0 2
Totals 24-54
(.444)
14-22
(.636)
6-16
(.375)
8 25 33 13 17 68

Team Rebounds: 11

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

‘You guys are going to say I’m crazy, but I’m happy with the way it played out,” said coach John Calipari. ”We let the other team come at us. We gave up way too many (3s) but I’m proud of my guys. We did what we needed to do. We had just enough.”

The win pushed Kentucky’s victory total to 1,996, just head of North Carolina’s 1,991. Not that the Wildcats were concerned with history.

For a team whose motto is ”envy our past, fear our future,” the first signature win of Calipari’s tenure proved his rebuilding job is well ahead of schedule.

”I hope it just gives people some respect for us that we’re a pretty good team,” Wall said. ”We did what we were supposed to, come out with a win against a great team.”

Consider North Carolina coach Roy Williams convinced, particularly after the Wildcats took control with an explosive 28-2 run in the first half.

”You’ve got to give them congratulations, they really kicked our butts,” Williams said. ”They just ran us out of the gym.”

Annual UK-UNC game shouldn’t go away