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Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:02 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 6:03 pm

By Jeff Borzello

Duke and the NCAA are investigating whether an NCAA recruiting rule was violated when coach Mike Krzyzewski reportedly offered a scholarship to a recruit during a summer tournament.

The scholarship offer to five-star prospect Alex Poythress came on Tuesday night, after Poythress’ AAU team was eliminated from the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, Fla.

Poythress confirmed the offer to on Thursday, and said he spoke to Krzyzewski when he received the offer.

“It felt pretty good,” Poythress said of the offer. “It was pretty exciting to talk to Coach K. He said he saw me play at the Super Showcase and Peach Jam, and he liked what he saw.”

NCAA rules prevent coaches from contacting players before they are finished playing in tournaments. While the Georgia Stars were indeed eliminated from the Super Showcase, they were still in Orlando for the AAU Nationals. Players have to be dispersed from the team in order for a coach to talk to them.

On Sunday, Duke responded via spokesman Jon Jackson. “Proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke athletics,” the statement said.

Poythress is a 6-foot-7 forward from Northeast (Tenn). He is ranked No. 15 in’s Top 100.

Information from the AP was used in this report.


Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 9:12 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

What?! How dare you write anything bad about God, er, Coach K.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:48 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

The odds of this rule violation being a mistake is about zero. Coach K knows the rules. No other coach can offer during the tournaments (wait until August, now) so it is a clear advantage to cheat. Of course he would have told the young man not to mention to anyone that Duke is making the offer until it does so for public consumption. He apparently forgot.

So many rules. So many little details that try to level the floor. Does coach K need to cheat? Perhaps he thinks so. The competition for top talent is intense and increasing. With mid-majors proving that they can play and beat AQ schools, players are offered more choices with national media attention. Players are given the opportunity to stay closer to home so family can see them play. For some players, the national powerhouses still hold the allure. Some even move families to the selected schools solving the family viewing problem (Angel Morris moved to Lawrence to be with Markieff and Marcus while at Kansas.)

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:45 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Wow! This is huge, not.  I guess if you're good, you must cheat.  Hey, if they let Calgoon keep his wins and the championship, this has the significance of a pimple on a gnats gluteous.  Let's get some real news.  I'm tired of this type of crap.  The recruit is out of the tournament but Elvis hasn't left the building so it is a violation?  I think we should ask for a contitutional amendment, not for a balanced budget, which is also idiotic, but eliminating the NCAA as a sanctioning body. This is silliness.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:38 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

 I rank this right up there with a headlight out ,seatbelt violation, safe movement violation or any number of infractions yes they are a violation and should be addressed however in the big picture this is really  small potatoes. Coach K runs a clean ship those who say otherwise I would love to see the evidence of a history of rules violations by coach K.I am sure his violations over the  years are much fewer than UNC was able to rack up under one five year term of a football coach??Prove me wrong

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:37 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

hahaha, if the NCAA ignored the Magette incident whereupon there was an admitted exchange of cash AND Duke admitted playing an entire season with an illegal player, not to mention the Duhon incident where a booster gave his mother a job or the Chris Collins mistake of recruiting during a summer game, do you think anything will come of this?  The NCAA never has gone after Duke even when there are obvious violations (like Magette - I'll accept no punishment since suppsoedly no one knew, but you ABSOLUTELY must vacate the 1999 season.  MUST.  It's a joke that Coach K gets to keep all those wins).

Coach K is untouchable.  The networks make sure of it.  The NCAA will go after the guys that don't kiss their ass like Clahoun and Calipari.


Since: Jun 13, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:21 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Technicality, stupid rule, semantics..all are quite true.  It is also true that it IS a rule and coaches are responsible for keeping the rules.  Alex would have been just as thrilled to receive the offer once he arrived home.  Bad timing will get Duke a slap on the wrist and the game will go on.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 8:08 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Duke, UNC and Kentucky should have been under NCAA investigation long ago ! They are cheating big time and getting away with it !

Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:49 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

A rule is still a rule.  Why is it that when Calipari or some other big time coach gets caught, everybody calls them a cheater and wants their head on a platter?  But when Krzyzewski breaks a rule, the rule is "pointless" and "no big deal".  Typical double standard.  Whether the rule is stupid or not, it is still a rule and a violation is still a violation.  I hope Duke gets probation, just the same as any other school would.  Krzyzewski is no different than any other coach that breaks the rules and should be punished accordingly.  He obviously knew he was breaking a rule and tried to cover it up, just like Tressell at Ohio State. 

Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:48 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

K has been doing stuff like this for years, it just wasn't newswothy since nobody cared much about what was going on regarding BBall "minor" recruiting violations until fairly recently.  Really is not a big issue, but does go to show you that every program has dirt.  I wonder how many "F" bombs The Rat let out when he found out his recruit confessed to CBSSports about the offer?

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:44 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

The only thing I think needs to come from this is for people to stop treating Duke like it's a school that never takes short cuts.  Coach K is doing what every other big time coach in America is doing and all you ever here about is what the others are doing.  Don't forget it was presumed that Notre Dame Football was the same way and now you can see from recent years why coach K does what he does, Notre Dame gets big time recruits but SEC schools get the champions.  Coach K wants the champions!!!

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