Friday, July 29, 2011

Timing of Duke scholarship offer questioned

Duke released a statement Friday after reports that basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski may have violated an NCAA recruiting rule by offering a scholarship to a recruit during a summer club tournament.

“In all rules matters brought to our attention, the Duke compliance department exercises due diligence in determining the relevant facts of a given situation,” Duke associate director of athletics for media relations and public affairs Jon Jackson said in the statement. “Proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke Athletics.”

CBSSports.com reported that Krzyzewski offered a scholarship to Class of 2012 standout Alex Poythress, a 6-foot-7 forward from Clarksville, Tenn., on Tuesday. But the scholarship offer reportedly came before Poythress’ Georgia Stars team completed play in the Super Showcase tournament in Orlando, Fla.

NCAA Rule 13.1.6.2 prohibits coaches from contacting athletes until they are finished playing in a tournament.

Jackson declined further comment; NCAA rules that prevent staff members from talking about recruits that have not signed scholarship agreements.

Ken Tysiac

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

great, now lets blow this whole thing out of proportion CO, i am sure that 90% of your readers will be on board.

Anonymous said...

Its not blown out of Proprtion, its against the rules like all you chumps start in on UNC or when GT took 312.00 dollars worth of clothes or Tatoo trades at OSU,its still the same thing, cheating!

Anonymous said...

Poor writing, as last sentence makes no sense. It is really frustrating to see so many editing/proofreading/grammatical mistakes in the Observer!

Anonymous said...

WOW you're reaaaaaaally reaching on this one, Disturber!

No go on back to your baby blue bedsheets and cry yourself to sleep.

Mackey said...

LOL.......Rules are Rules. Just because it's Duke breaking a rule, doesn't mean it shouldn't be reported. I'm trip'n over the fact that we have the "Grammar Police" in here, Grading peoples Post...lol Who does that

MichaelProcton said...

Not a violation at all. He spoke to the kid while he was between events, not DURING an event, which is the alleged violation.

AJ Johnson said...

Michael, the rules state that coaches can have no contact with a recruit until AFTER the AAU tournament has ended. Duke is saying that Coach K "misunderstood" the rule to mean that because the player's team had lost, the tournanment was effectively over for that team. You take it a step further and make it sound like as long as a coach doesn't talk to a recruit in the middle of a game, everything is kosher!

Anonymous said...

Procton - If the rules were as clear cut as you indicate, why would Duke ask the NCAA for guidance in interpreting the rule? The answer is, of course, that they wouldn't.

Anonymous said...

Breaking: NCAA's sanction against Duke - Coach Krzyzewski must forego cheese for a week.

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