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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: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:41 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

As a Kentucky fan I would love to see Duke get hit with violations, but the truth is, does it really matter.  Instead of having to travel to Tennessee where the kid lives to offer the scholarship, he decided to do it once the kid was finish playing ball for his AAU team.  It's a matter of saving a trip to nowhere, and by a possible few days or so. 

Now someone else posted that he talked to a recruit a year before he was suppose to, and that is a violation I can get behind if true.  For all the other coaches following the rules will fall behind in the recruiting chase for this athlete.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 8:12 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

The honorable thing for Duke to do in its dedication to "proper adherence" would be to walk away from Poythress.  Admit that the mighty Coach K, he of such influence that he does TV spots for big business, should not have made the call, it gave Duke an unfair edge, and to be fair they will recruit others.

Since: Feb 9, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:57 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

I don't know...why now???

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:49 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Far from out 7.   Great comeback.  Try using a elementary school type sentence next time for your three words.  Mix in a capital letter or a period.  This way you won't embarass yourself to the rest of the people reading it.

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:45 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Great comeback.  Very intelligent.  Next time try a elementary school type sentence.  Try mixing in a cap or period here or there for fun.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: July 31, 2011 4:40 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

coach k and duke should abdicate last years national championship title, in addition to...wait, what? they didn't? but dickie v said they would, so i stopped...oh never mind.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:38 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Codblackops....that's funny stuff right there, and a level of truth to it!!!

Since: Jul 27, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 2:12 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

shut up fool

Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:26 am

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Somehow Dick Vitale (who is always on the ACC jockstrap) will say that this is a "TRAVESTY BABY!!!!!!! COACH K WOULD NEVER PUT HIS PROGRAM IN HOT WATER!!!!!!  Trust me, all will be swept under the carpet and nothing will happen, they will probably punish NC State just for Duke's amusement.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 11:59 pm

Duke and NCAA investigating possible violation

Well, I am a big Coach K fan...but rules are rules.  Why is nobody mentioning the fact that this is the SECOND recruiting violation from Coach K in the past couple of weeks.  The other one has apparently gone unnoticed.

It is ILLEGAL to call a prospect until August 1 when a player is entering their Junior year.  NO PHONE CALLS ARE ALLOWED BEFORE!  

Yet, here we see Coach K breaking that rule two weeks ago while calling a player over a year before he is allowed to call him...which I provide a link and evidence.....


Close encounters of the Coach K kind

07/22/2011, 8:15am (CDT)

By Myron P. Medcalf, Star Tribune

Apple Valley's Tyus Jones got the attention of many of the top college coaches

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - The middle-aged men in khaki shorts and polo shirts with team logos – Thad Matta, Tom Izzo and Jim Boeheim among them – whispered to one another whenever 15-year-old whipped a pass across the court or zipped by a defender.

They proved to be more than casual admirers.


In the days after last week's Peach Jam AAU tournament – in which Jones scored 31 points in a critical game and accumulated assists throughout the four-day event – he received scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Marquette, Providence, Arizona and Iowa State, adding to earlier tenders from Iowa, Minnesota and Baylor. Humbling, he said, but a phone call with Duke's Mike Krzyzewski floored him.

 "It was crazy, I couldn't really believe I was talking to him. It probably took like half the day to really sink in," said Jones, who will be a sophomore at . "I just kept saying to my mom, 'I just talked to Coach K.' He was just a normal, cool guy and told me to keep working hard and that he liked what he saw."


Time to look into these...I am sensing a pattern this summer! 

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