Posted by Tom Fornelli
Wisconsin committed a minor violation stemming from its recruitment of former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson, though it's not going to cost them a chance to land the "free agent" quarterback.
Wilson visited Madison earlier this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, and according to one report, things went pretty well. Good enough, in fact, for Wisconsin now to be considered the favorite to land the quarterback's services. Which should be exciting news for Wisconsin fans and players, but unfortunately that excitement led to the minor violation.
Wide receiver Nick Toon spoke to a television reporter while at a tennis tournament to watch a friend's younger brother play, and unknowingly broke a rule.
“Whenever you can bring someone in of his caliber it is going to add some competition at the quarterback spot," Toon told the reporter according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "And competition brings out the best in everybody and that’s great. Hopefully he comes here.
“I met him last week. He seems to be a great guy. I liked him a lot. Hopefully we’ll see him in a Wisconsin uniform next fall.”
I now call your attention to Bylaw 13.10.2 of the NCAA Division I manual.
“Before the signing of a prospective student-athlete to a National Letter of Intent or an institution’s written offer of admission and/or financial aid, a member institution may comment publicly only to the extent of confirming its recruitment of the prospective student-athlete. The institution may not comment generally about the prospective student-athlete’s ability or the contribution that the prospective student-athlete might make to the institution’s team; further, the institution is precluded from commenting in any manner as to the likelihood of the prospective student-athlete’s signing with that institution. Violations of this bylaw do not affect a prospective student-athlete’s eligibility.”
Again, this isn't a big deal, but hopefully Nick Toon has learned a valuable lesson about not speaking with the media without the school's clearance. It can lead to trouble.