NCAA staffers confirm suspicions about punishment for Jurkin, Perea

Leave a comment

I think we can all agree that, based on the facts at large, Peter Jurkin and Hanner Mosquera-Perea got a raw deal from the NCAA.

In case you missed, a series of $30 payments between 1986 and 1992 made by the ex-wife of the AAU coach — and, in Perea’s case, the legal guardian — of the two players to Indiana for bumper stickers has cost them nine games each this season. Why? Because those payments made Adams, forever and always, an Indiana booster, so any benefits that he provided Jurkin and Perea, that would have been fine under normal circumstances, were illegal.

So Jurkin and Perea get punished.

For something that happened before they were born.

That makes such little sense that the consensus has become that the NCAA is simply taking a swing at Indiana because they can’t find a way to punish the Hoosiers for their questionable, in the NCAA’s eyes, relationship with Mark Adams, the AAU coach.

Innocent bystanders be damned.

I’m not exactly sure that is how the NCAA, an organization has massive credibility issues as is, wants to portray themselves, but it’s a theory that gained traction thanks to tweets from NCAA staffers Dana Thomas and Ronnie Ramos:

That was actually the second time that Ramos retweeted what Thomas had to say, which can easily be interpreted as him saying, “Seriously, guys, this is important.” That’s at least the case when I retweet something twice.

The bottom line is this: a pair of people that work for the NCAA essentially confirmed that the punishments handed down to Jurkin and Perea were so severe because they were looking for a way to punish Indiana and Adams for things they couldn’t otherwise prove.

The good news?

Jurkin and Perea will be back in uniform for the NCAA tournament, which provides the NCAA with more than three-quarters of their annual revenue.

That about sums it up.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

North Carolina to wear black jerseys December 19 vs. UCLA

UNC Athletic Communications
Leave a comment

While there have been some alterations made to North Carolina’s basketball uniforms over the years, there haven’t been too many drastic shifts. Of course there was the move to the Alexander Julian-designed argyle print during the 1990’s, and there were also those jerseys in 1999 that had the interlocking “NC” logo as opposed to “North Carolina” on the front.

Friday the program announced a major uniform change for its game against UCLA December 19 in Brooklyn. North Carolina will be wearing black jerseys for the first time in school history. Senior guard Marcus Paige showed off the new look to his teammates, and it’s safe to say that they’re happy with the new uniforms.

Traditionalists probably won’t like the uniforms, and that’s fine. Changes such as these tend to focus more on the younger crowd (especially recruits), which in some instances like the status that can come with having something that’s both new and exclusive.

Villanova forward to undergo hip surgery

Jay Wright
Associated Press
Leave a comment

Two-time defending Big East champion Villanova will be down a man in its front court, as the program announced Friday that freshman forward Tim Delaney will undergo hip surgery. According to the release a torn labrum in Delaney’s left hip is the reason for the surgery, and it has yet to be determined how long the freshman will be sidelined.

“I’m disappointed for Tim,” Villanova head coach Jay Wright said in the release. “Tim had a great summer and preseason. He’s a very coachable young man and was picking up everything we do. The good news is that the doctors tell us this is an injury that can be fixed and we know Tim will be fully committed to his rehab.”

Villanova’s front court rotation will be led by senior Daniel Ochefu, who averaged 9.2 points and a team-high 8.5 rebounds per game in 2014-15. Junior Darryl Reynolds and sophomore Kris Jenkins will also see minutes in the front court, with redshirt freshman guard/forward Mikal Bridges factoring into the competition as well.

Villanova also has Fordham transfer Eric Paschall, but he isn’t eligible to compete in games this season.