Originally Posted by takealeake
The fact is, boosters are not allowed to contact recruits. By the most lax definition of the term booster, William Wesley fits every definition of what a booster is. That is anyone with a vested interest that supports a University for whatever reason, like ties with a coach. Hell, even Calipari got up on the podium and called him a "goodwill ambassador."
Yet there's countless columns by basketball recruiting services of Wesley talking to and hanging out with recruits off the court over the years, that then commit to Calipari. The most recently being Gilchrist. A simple fan techincally couldn't even hang with a player with intent to recruit, it would be a violation, much less the most powerfully connected man in basketball.
So yeah, don't let facts get in your way. John Calipari could have said, long long ago "thanks but no thanks for your help Wesley" - just like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, or the rest of the crew could have said to PED's. But no, all involved knew it gave them an advantage over anyone else who played by the rules, and didn't care.
The NCAA, just like MLB, has been lax enforcing the facts and the rules and no record from either has been blanked or vacated despite obvious infractions. That doesn't mean there's not a mark on them in the court of public opinion. Their record still stands officially, but only in so far as everyone else in the world considers it illegitimate.
The ONLY people that make excuses for these cheaters are the people who aren't fans of them. That's a fact, and should tell you something.
Great post on Wesley; he's a leech. And you can trace his friendship origins with Calipari pretty easily. It really began with Wesley's relationship with Milt Wagner in the 90s in New Jersey. During that same time, Calipari became the coach of the New Jersey Nets. Where did Dajuan Wagner, Milt's son, ultimately end up going to college - of all places? Memphis.
Wesley also began showing up in Cleveland and becoming a mentor to Lebron. Why? I don't know. Where does Lebron claim he would have went to college had he not gone pro? Memphis. It's dirty stuff and Booby Knight's opinion of Calipari is completely justified.