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NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:11 am
Edited on: September 12, 2011 10:17 am
 
By Matt Norlander

It's a Monday morning after the first weekend of the NFL season, so few general, Joe Q Six Pack sports fans are invested in the college hoops scene, what with everyone eager to quarterback. (My analysis: the Bears are winning the Super Bowl. NEXT QUESTION.)

Somehow, we press on over here in our digs, and I wanted to bring this item to your attention.There was a good column filled with a lot of curiosity written by Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant over the wekend. Jacobs has been on fire this year, and I thank him for giving the blog a little bit of extra content fuel.

Jacobs -- probably the most outspoken sportswriter at any of the Connecticut newspapers -- had been mainly silent since the news of Andre Drummond's arrival to Connecticut's campus. Why? Why did the most prominent sports voice at the state's biggest newspaper sit on this for so long? Well, he wanted to talk to the NCAA, particuarly president Mark Emmert first. But it appears Emmert wasn't made available to discuss why a program that's been put on probation, that's suspended Jim Calhoun for three games, that won a national championship despite living under the heat lamp of the NCAA for the better part of the past two years, was able maneuver within the system once again.

On Friday came my answer from Erik Christianson, NCAA director of public and media relations: "We do not know the specific details of this situation, so we encourage you to contact the institution for that information."

So much for expanding the public discussion.

Going to UConn for answers does nothing. All you'll get from the school is a quaint and correct, "We worked within the system that's allowed."

Jacobs makes the point that UConn isn't at fault here, and he's exactly right. It's faulty to blame a school for finding ways to win within the weak/manipulable rules that are already at play. UConn knew it could get Andre Drummond in this year and knew it'd have to boot someone off the scholarship docket to do so. Turns out it's Michael Bradley, a kid who grew up in a Tennessee group home who's taking the hit. (He'll no doubt end up not really incurring that debt, right? So who's ultimately paying for that, and when?) With Drummond, the Huskies a legitimate national championship team, the first group with that acclaim coming off a title since Florida five years ago.

And the reason Drummond's even learning about the best and most boring spots in all of Storrs, Conn., is because the NCAA still has a one-year-renewal scholarship policy. A mini contract for players the institution vehemently refers to as amateurs. If you implement a four-year -- or even a two-year -- scholarship policy/guarantee, Drummond is at St. Thomas More Prep right now, gearing up for a quiet post-grad season. Jacobs merely wanted to ask Emmert about that, above anything else.

But the NCAA hides and deflects issues to its member institutions. How is that leadership? Sitting back and allowing UConn to do what it did without so much as a comment isn't indicative of new policy, it's proof of continued contentment with so many of the system's flawed keystones. Emmert and Co. look compliant and complacent in place of proactive and perturbed over how UConn's seemingly gotten stronger despite sanctions for violations that would've forced 99 percent of programs to find a new head coach.

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Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: September 14, 2011 7:14 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

I love the Huskies and collegiate basketball as a whole. And I am truly excited to see the Andre Drummond in a UConn uniform this season. But the way the UConn was able to do it, is just skectchy. But the article is absolutely dead-on. The problem is not in UConn hoops program and the way it did this. It is the rules and policy and of the NCAA, which are vague and laughable at times, as to why Connecticut can manage to nab this recruit. A bigger issue I have with this is that this incident, as well as many others, displays the landscape of what collegiate athletics have become: a cloudy mess that is manipulated CONSTANTLY, for gains that does not help students while in college. And there are victims along the way, just ask Michael Bradley about the student loans he has to take out now. Much needed reform is needed because programs such as UConn and others will continue to be scrutinized and heavily penalized on annual basis due to the current NCAA guidelines.


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Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: September 13, 2011 4:30 am
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

It is time to disband the NCAA.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: September 13, 2011 1:35 am
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

- Duke did not repeat recently. They won in 2001 and again in 2010. Not close to a repeat let alone a three peat. Duke did repeat in 1991 and 1992 so perhaps you have your dates slightly out of kilter?

On the issue of scholarships being cut most schools go through the charade of cutting shortly after the season by announcing the transfer out of a player in time for that player to actually, you know, transfer. In UConn's case the Drummond decision came so late there was not time for Bradley to transfer so he is stuck with fulfilling his end of the contract while UConn voids its promise. It is the timing that makes this smell bad.

But the NCAA hides and deflects issues to its member institutions. How is that leadership? Sitting back and allowing UConn to do what it did without so much as a comment isn't indicative of new policy, it's proof of continued contentment with so many of the system's flawed keystones.

The NCAA has really no power to enforce or speak to an issue that meets its rules. Making noise from sports writers now might sway the committee on rules to consider a change for future years but since such committees are nearly always dominated by BCS school representatives the likelihood of passing a change seems small. Therefore the NCAA is wise to deflect the issue because it is not their issue, it is the predatory school practices that cause the angst.



Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:48 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

If you give a weak penalty to a dirty program this is what you should expect.  Need to wrod the "penalties" better and if they cheat again throw the house at them.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 10:06 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

That is crap, you can't blame the just NCAA, amazing how everyone complains the NCAA has too many rules, then they complain that the school is just circumventing the rules.  How about the schools stepping up and doing the right thing as well, the schools are not bratty children.  Grow up and do the right thing. 



Since: Jul 5, 2010
Posted on: September 12, 2011 8:49 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

     "With Drummond, the Huskies a legitimate national championship team, the first group with that acclaim coming off a title since Florida five years ago."

     What about Duke?  Didn't they repeat 2 years ago, and almost 3peat?

     Ppl cant help but hate on cbssports writers, most of 'em half-ass their work.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:22 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

Read the article, Norlander isn't calling out UConn for working within the framework setup by the NCAA.  Norlander is calling out the NCAA for allowing teams to treat young players as replaceable commodities.  This article revolves around the fact that the NCAA controls the actions of those athletes who choose to play Div 1 sports, but the don't choose to constrain the Universities that continue their multibillion dollar profit scheme.



Since: Oct 14, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:18 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

Guys, Jacobs is a hack, the worst sportswriter in CT (and THAT'S saying something). He's had a bug up his a$$ about Calhoun for years and another one about Auriemma. He makes a living out of content free BS attacks on both. He is truly not worth reading. I realize there aren't a lot of sources in CT but he is a totally unreliable source. Yeah, yeah, he was CT Sportswriter of the Year this year, but he's been writing for decades without ever getting the award and I think they had absolutely no one left to give it to except either him or the guy who writes for that rag that gets delivered by the derelict in the station wagon.



Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 1:00 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXB6vc5Z_A4&feature=feedlik



Since: Dec 30, 2009
Posted on: September 12, 2011 12:57 pm
 

NCAA deflects issue of UConn scholarships

to write for cbs do you need a resume or any credibility, bc this is getting so annoying every article written in this country besides andy katz's clearing up the situation is just copied from writer to writer, no wonder most things here are mainly blogs... btw SUCK ON THIS!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXB6vc5Z_A4&feature=feedlik&n
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