Seth Emerson of the South Carolina's The State has an article today reprinted in the Lexington Herald-Leader which essentially asks this question: Are secondary NCAA violations really accidental, or are the deliberate acts that are worth the small penalty?
I actually think this is a good question, given the profligacy of Tennessee, Auburn and South Carolina recently in racking up NCAA secondary violations, and Georgia reported eight, which is an improvement from the 15 last year at this time. The article notes that UK has not reported any secondary violations in the last six months, but according to South Carolina's compliance director:
But if schools don’t report any secondary violations, then coaches and compliance directors "probably aren’t doing their jobs," Stiles said.
As somebody who knows a thing or two about compliance, I know that the goal of compliance is not to commit violations, as opposed to just catching and reporting them them all. Further, Stiles' comment looks like a backhanded shot at schools who do work hard to make sure that they don't have any violations to report. If Mr. Stiles' theory of compliance is what is passing for the commitment of these schools to comply with the rules, it is obvious that it's little more than a nod and wink at all but the most egregious wrongs, which are pretty darn easy to avoid if you want to. The secondary ones are trickier, but UK is proving, at least in football, that it's doable.
There have recently been suggestions that coaches are ignoring the rules that result in secondary violations deliberately, because the advantages gained by the violation are worth the price schools wind up having to pay. That is an altogether cynical viewpoint, and if that is going on, something clearly needs to be done. Rich Brooks thinks so, too.
My opinion is that the penalty should increase for multiple violations within a given time frame, just like penalties increase for multiple violations of many laws during a set time frame. The actual tolling period could be pretty arbitrary, I suppose, but something needs to be done, and the idea that the benefit gained by a violation might be worth the price is an invitation for unethical and unsportsmanlike behavior, which some say is happening as a matter of course. I hope the NCAA will take a look at this and take some kind of action to stem the tide.
Now, for the news:
Funny Calipari Story
During the spurt that put the game out of reach, Massachusetts Coach John Calipari grew more and more furious with the officials. First Calipari took off his coat and threw it. Then after a foul was called on one of his players with 3:41 left, Calipari took off his tie and started to unbutton his shirt. That's when the officials slapped him with a technical.
It gets funnier. Read the whole thing.
Barnes, UK share recruiting interest — Jerry Tipton on UK basketball
Nice to hear. Barnes is a real talent as well as a great kid.
Anthony Epps....Where is he now?
Nice follow up on a former Wildcat by True Blue Kentucky.
UK Basketball News
Pike's Teague keeps No. 2 ranking in perspective
These Teague boys are pretty good at basketball. But the real news is that UK has entered the fray.
Calipari's fast start encourages fans
"Obviously, there is no way we can be the shooting team that we would be if (Meeks) was here"
Thursday's SEWR Pipeline of Thoughts and Links
Odd acronym for a blog. Some good stuff here, though.
Darnell Dodson Video
Just in case you've never seen him play.
July is time for college coaches to show love
Calipari will be showing a lot of love to a good number of players this month.
Coach Cal Interview from King City Classic
Via True Blue Kentucky.
Top point guard prospect looking at Cats | KentuckySports.com
Nothing new here. I really think Lamb may be the first 2010 commit.
Barnes still interested in UK | KentuckySports.com
More detail on Harrison Barnes.
UK Football News
UK's Jarmon attracts 18 NFL teams to workout | KentuckySports.com
No surprise here. Jarmon is the kind of talent NFL teams like to get in the supplemental draft.
SEC forks in the road
Vanderbilt is a big game this year for our post-season hopes.
Other UK Sports News
NCAA Sports News
The SEC's 10 most powerful people - OrlandoSentinel.com
John Calipari is the "most powerful" basketball coach. The rest are football coaches or AD's.
- UK's new billboards really sing | KentuckySports.com
Other News of Interest
ZAGSBLOG -- Reebok Camp Notebook - Part 1
Good stuff as usual from Adam Zagoria.
Kentucky Hoopfest: Day One | Inside the Hall
Nice report from HoopFest,
UK Basketball: Meeks relieved deal is done with Bucks: WinchesterSun.com
I'm happy for Jodie. It is an exciting time for him.
- Researcher: Prep two-a-days should be cut back 071009 - The Augusta Chronicle
The Daily Schadenfreude
A Shortage of Guards at Duke - The Quad Blog - NYTimes.com
There is little evidence that Duke’s fall from the top echelon of college basketball will end. The Blue Devils have just two scholarship guards for next season, which isn’t exactly an ideal recipe to win in the A.C.C.
Heh. Oh, schadenfreude!
Memphis, A Legacy Of Bitterness
Heh. I suppose we can't blame them, but when will it be time to move on?