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Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

Posted on: August 22, 2011 10:44 am
 


By Matt Norlander


The odds Memphis lands No. 1 overall 2012 recruit Shabazz Muhammad aren't very good. Tigers fans won't want to hear that, but it's the truth. There are a lot of big-time schools, plus the tug of his hometown team, UNLV, involved right now.

Nevertheless, Josh Pastner is a hell of a recruiter. That's why he's still in the mix, and if anyone can get it done from a perceived, big disadvantage, he can. For a minute there, though, Memphis' recruitment of Muhammad didn't look on the up and up.

Fortunately for Pastner and Co., they're no longer in hot water over the recruitment of a player that could one day wind up as a No. 1 overall NBA draft pick. Turns out, an interview Muhammad gave to DevilsIllustrated.com (that's a Duke site, yes) tipped off the NCAA about what Memphis may or may not have been doing outside the rules of play. Kyle Veazey, the great new writer for the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, wrote the story over the weekend.
Muhammad's claim that the Tigers were "calling and calling and calling" prompted a question from the NCAA's Basketball Focus Group, an arm of the enforcement division formed in 2008 to gather information and explore potential violations in the sport. ... But that wasn't all the BFG asked the U of M last year. It asked the school to explain what it knew about how Muhammad paid for the plane ticket for his unofficial visit to Memphis. It asked about Minnesota forward Trevor Mbakwe. It asked for information about other prospects who went on an unofficial visit.
The unofficial visit is something we can really get into detail at another time; how so many of these players are getting money to fly to far-off colleges is a scandal ripe and waiting to be exposed. In Muhammad's case, his ticket was paid for by a man named Tyrell Jameson and was found to be OK. The report also stated Memphis reported six secondary violations last season. Sounds bad, but it's really commonplace and looks to be inconsequential.

As for the calls, Memphis is in the clear because Muhammad's father, Ron Holmes, is an AAU coach. Since Muhammad wasn't yet a senior in high school, there are strict restrictions (restrictions that need to be eradicated by the NCAA as soon as possible) on when coaches can call a player or his family. Since Holmes coaches, though, a loophole is there for teams to contact him about general, vague reasons. Like wanting information about players on his team and guys he's coached against.

Memphis was perfectly in the right to do it, and if no one was else was then they slipped behind in that area of Muhammad's recruitment. The phone-call rule scares again, though. Coaches, programs and the NCAA would be better served if this barbed wire was taken away from playing field in recruiting.

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Comments

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

I've read this article three times. I can't find Calipari's name anywhere. In fact, I've never read an article or official NCAA document naming Calipari of any wrong doing anywhere. Get over it mudslingers. You're pathetic.



Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 7:44 am
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

In the words of the Who classic "meet the new boss, same as the old boss". First his sister is texting Rodney Purvis in the dead period and now this stuff. Cal has shown him the way. Memphis continues it's legacy of cheating.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: August 23, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

Memphis has a history of slimy recruiting although UNLV is not one to throw stones. Neither of these are decent schools academically but then they are just the minor leagues for the NBA. Indiana has the best class for 2012 and its a top academic school  with only the texting deal  no payoffs in the last 50 years -  its kids don't get arrested either. Same for Penn State. Cal and Montgomery would be a good choice but this guy would flunk out of there in a semester.



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: August 23, 2011 12:31 am
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

Ron Holmes stated that Memphis called him to inquire about other players that he coach and everytime he talks to Pastner he gets reminded of the rules. He also said that Memphis is more compliant than any other school that is recruiting his son. They dont call the man Josh "By the Book" Pastner for nothing.



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

Wrong is to find a way to violate it without straying into illegality. It may have been legal for Memphis. According to the story it was not right.
That was about as ignorant and prejudiced statement that I have ever read, lee.

Explain where, anywhere in the story, the claim was made that Pastner did anything wrong?



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

So Matt. this part of your story is leaking:

Memphis was perfectly in the right to do it, and if no one was else was then they slipped behind in that area of Muhammad's recruitment. The phone-call rule scares again, though. Coaches, programs and the NCAA would be better served if this barbed wire was taken away from playing field in recruiting.
It is leaking because it does not know right from wrong. There is illegal and legal. And there is right and wrong. The rule is there to prevent multiple harassment calls to a recruit. Right is to honor the purpose of the rule. Wrong is to find a way to violate it without straying into illegality. It may have been legal for Memphis. According to the story it was not right. Recruits should be leery of programs who find ways to operate in the shady areas. There are really good coaches who do not need to do this.

The remaining question is whether some program has hired Ron Holmes as a consultant? Oregon is going to skate on that issue and there may be more to this story that needs to be developed.



Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

@uksincebirth,


I think you meant tomthetiger3 bud.....He was the one that wrote this gem.

Thanks, Cal...your legacy continues.  &
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Catfan74 was just stating the fact that historically Memphis has had enough problems with cheating and/or rules violations without mentioning Cal's name or prior to Calipari coaching there to be throwing rocks from the front porch of his glass house.




Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

wake me up when Cal finally gets it done with the best recruits money can buy (and change grades).



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: August 22, 2011 3:22 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

Who cares about Conference USA basketball anyway?  Wake me up when this guy wins a NCAA Tournament game...



Since: Jun 13, 2011
Posted on: August 22, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Memphis avoids recruiting violation with Shabazz

catfan74 THANKED OR BLAMED CALAPARI FOR THE PROBLEM BUT CALAPARIS NAME WASNT MENTIONED IN THE ARTICLE AND YOU PEOPLE THAT EITHER HATE KY OR CALAPARI NEED TO REVIEW THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF THE NCAA, AS OF YET NO INFRACTION AGAINST CALAPARI HAS BEEN PROVEN AND NO PENALTIES HAVE BEEN ASESSED ON COACH CAL, SO GET OFF HIS BACK TILL YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO SUBSTANTIATE YOUR HATEFUL ACCUSATIONS.


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