Photos of MBB team handing out breakfast to BBM campers...
But the NCAA is really, really happy with the status quo and the blind eye justice they've been handing out since they were organized.
If your program isn't obviously and eggregiously cheating in full public view (and you don't bald-faced lie to investigators), you're going to get away with virtually anything you want to do.
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
I really think the NCAA does like to turn a blind eye in some cases, as they don't want the level of full-on corruption get exposed. But I also think they'd go after 80% of these cases more vigorously if they had the manpower. And since they're limited to a set percentage of admin costs they can pluck from the NCAA basketball revenue and postseason media rights, their primary sources of income, their hands are tied.
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
Nice article from Mike DeCourcy at The Sporting News about Kanter situation with quotes from Kanter's father...
Funny article, flies have invaded the KFC Yum! Center (aka Chicken Bucket) ....
You can write your own jokes.
Really nice blog/article by Jon Rothstein, writer for MSG.com...
This is what comes with being at the apex of college basketball -- or any vocation, for that matter. No one will talk about the fact that Bledsoe did extra work to get on the court; they'd rather ignore that Oher's story presented a dramatically worse set of circumstances. Instead of thinking about that, they'd rather vilify Bledsoe and Kentucky.
Oher became eligible to play college football at the University of Mississippi by taking multiple 10-day "online" courses through Brigham Young University. To complete these courses, all Oher had to do was read a few brief works or passages and answer five questions afterwards. Those courses allowed him to replace Ds and Fs on his transcripts with As, raising his GPA from a 0.6 to a 2.65.
And since Oher was certified as learning-disabled, he was allowed to take the ACT as many times as possible with an aide at his side to help analyze the questions. A higher ACT score meant Oher could become eligible with a lower GPA: The NCAA has a sliding scale when it comes to ACT and grade-point averages.
The power of envy nearly smeared Bledsoe's name and the Wildcats' program. It almost left him moving backwards at a point in his life when the only thing on his mind should be preparing for his first NBA training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Heavy is the head that wears the crown -- the higher you go, as Calipari and Riley have, the more bullets you have to dodge. The greater the stage, the bigger the scrutiny. The higher the profile, the more powerful the takedown.
Many were inspired by Oher's story, while griping at the result of Bledsoe's. But I see Bledsoe as a young man who became a scapegoat because he was associated with college basketball's empire. Anything else wouldn't be considered the truth. But that wouldn't make for good Hollywood, would it?
That article makes a good point about the perception associated with each situation, what it doesn't address though is a right or wrong.
I genuinely curious WMR, do you feel Kentucky is being wrongly portrayed because;
a) they've done absolutely nothing wrong
b)they've done wrong only by the NCAA's stupid rules, the NCAA should just leave everyone alone
c)they've done wrong but no moreso than any other school
or d)they've done wrong and you're hoping they don't get caught and/or punished?
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.