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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
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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 CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com’s Top 100.

Information from the AP was used in this report.

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Comments

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Calhoun, Calapari, and now Coach K. Most of these "violations" are petty and should have never been made an issue, Every program out there can be cited for something . None of these players has ever taken money(to anyones knowledge) so why are we hearing about phone calls and conversations? The violations in ncaa Basketball pale into comparision as to whats really going on in ncaa football.



Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

I dislike Duke as much as the next guy, but this is a nothing violation.  Instead of going straight to heaven to sit at the left hand of God, Coach K will have to spend a minute or two in purgatory first. 



Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:26 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

No love for Duke or Coach K at all, but this is just a semantical, B.S. NCAA technicality, and nothing worthy of any attention.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:16 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Funny how the Kentucky fans are the only people mentioning Calipari in this thread...

GET OVER YOURSELF.

This is one of those pointless NCAA rules that really don't accomplish anything. This is a nothing issue.



Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:54 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

I agree. Izzo got in trouble for one of these technical issues last year, and he's a class act. I think Coah K is just as respectable, and as long as Duke handles it as well as Michigan State did (admitting it was a mistake, but also openly admitting that Izzo had broken the rules, and suspending Izzo for a game) then this should blow over. And I am quite the opposite of a Duke fan- just someone who respects well-run and classy programs. Maybe the suspicion should be directed toward another school in that same general vicinity........



Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:53 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

I agree with you and i'm no Duke fan either, but i do respect Coack K and can't see him doing anything that would hurt his team
or the school. 



Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

If Cal had been Stupid and did this exact same thing, the heavens would have opened, water flowed uphill, moon turned blood red, and jackasses Thamel, Tipton and Forde would have been advocating lethal injection.



Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:35 pm
 

death penatly

coach k has been doing this for years.

this is just the beginning of this investigation of a poorly run duke athletic department.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Im glad it was not Calipari then it would have been big news!




Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Seems like a pretty minor thing to me.  The kid's team had been eliminated, if not "dispersed" so it seems borderline.  Coach K does not need to cheat, with his record and reputation.  The players pretty much come to him.  And NO, I am not a Duke fan, quite the opposite!


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