How did Lute Olson respond to news that he is being investigated for a possible NCAA violation?
By landing a huge commitment, of course.
Though the timing is probably a coincidence, Arizona's bad day turned good quickly when Scout.com's Evan Daniels reported Monday night that Abdul Gaddy has committed to the Wildcats. Gaddy is considered to be the second best point guard in the Class of 2009, ranked only behind John Wall. He chose the Wildcats over UCLA and immediately made Arizona fans rejoice despite earlier news that the school has reported an apparent violation by Olson.
According to the report, a letter featuring the electronic signature of Olson was sent to boosters asking for a donation to Jim Storey's Arizona Cactus Classic basketball tournament, held last May at Arizona's McKale Center. NCAA rules prohibit institutional representatives or boosters from arranging financial assistance for potential recruits. And though Olson denied any knowledge of the letter, Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood told the Pac-10 office that "others inside and outside of the department stated that they thought that (Olson) had requested that the letter be sent."
In other words, Livengood isn't buying Olson's story. So the investigation will continue. But in the meantime Arizona fans can celebrate because the commitment of a big recruit followed the news of a possible recruiting violation, and the former tends to trump the latter ... or at least make fans not care quite so much.