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Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

Posted on: June 11, 2011 3:20 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2011 5:53 pm
 

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.”

Oops!

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. 

Comments

Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

Hey Tom, you should not be blaming Nick Toon for this violation.  The way I see it, the reporter is the one at fault here.  He either had no idea that Toon could not comment publicly, or he was trying to set him up for a sort of "Gotcha" moment, which would reflect more poorly on him instead of Toon.  Either way, this reporter should be embarrassed by what they did, and they should be punished for it by their boss.



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: June 13, 2011 9:26 am
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

Since when is Nick Toon a spokesman for the "institution."  He's not.  No violation.  But the Badgers do suck!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2011 4:40 am
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

Fornelli has way too much time on his hands. No rules were broken....

"He seems to be a great guy. I liked him a lot. Hopefully we’ll see him in a Wisconsin uniform next fall."

This statement only tells us that a Badger football player would be happy to have Wilson on the team. The player did not say that he was going to play for Wisconsin next fall.



Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2011 2:04 am
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

You are making an assumption that all rules are good. Just because it's a rule doesn't mean it should be. There's something to be said for taking the time to think through issues instead of accepting them at face value. Regulation can only do so much. 



Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

HAHAHAHA!  Barry, you need to be fired and Wisconsin deserves the death penalty! Really, NCAA I live for the day when college presidents grow a backbone and dismiss the NCAA. (That will be after the Indians beat the Cubs in the World Series)  Need Cash Always from Anyone!



Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

i don't see how any team DOESN'T make some time of violation with all of these stupid rules the NCAA has.  Some rules are genuine and should never be broken.  But really, saying this guy or that guy would make competition better?  Is that really jeopardizing anything?  Come on NCAA, take a look at your rules and loosen up a bit, you making things way too difficult.



Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: June 12, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

wow I rank this violation up there with cutting the tag off a mattress . I hope Wilson does go to Wisconsin he is a good fit there. However he will need a jacket, Raleigh is slightly warmer than Madison during football season.Also he may want to watch a instructional video on snow the dustings seen in central N.C. do not count



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2011 3:12 pm
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

You must have gone to public school.



Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2011 3:10 pm
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

Is that rule just stupid or what?  



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: June 12, 2011 3:02 pm
 

Badgers' pursuit of Wilson leads to violation

Cheaters !  fire the coach and burn their houses !!Cool


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