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BBQ ad no laughing matter to Ohio State compliance department

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Earlier this week an advertisement for Calhoun’s BBQ done by former Tennessee basketball player Steven Pearl hit the airwaves, and it included a reference to current Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft.

But that reference has led to the compliance department at Ohio State getting involved, looking to make sure it’s clear that there was no wrongdoing on Craft’s part.

Is this a bit of an overreaction? Sure, but it’s also important to note that the athletic department that recently dealt with penalties stemming from violations committed during Jim Tressel’s tenure as head football coach.

The school now has a budget of more than $1 million for its compliance department alone, according to the Sporting News, in hopes of avoiding similar situations in the future.

In regards to the Craft situation, Ohio State associate athletic director of compliance Doug Archie sent the following message:

“We are aware of the situation you reference involving Ohio State student-athlete Aaron Craft. We have taken the necessary steps with all parties involved to alleviate any potential NCAA issues. Aaron Craft’s eligibility was never in danger. He had no knowledge nor provided consent.”

Ohio State likely had to send a “cease and desist” letter in order to protect Craft’s eligibility, which will strike many as being silly given the event being alluded to in the advertisement (that would be the BBQ at then-Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl’s home that landed the coach in hot water with the NCAA).

But when dealing with issues regarding amateurism schools can’t afford to leave anything to chance.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.