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NCAA investigation into Iowa State comes to an end

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The NCAA’s investigation into ‘major’ violations at Iowa State is finally over, and the effect on the Cyclone program going forward will be largely negligible.

There will be no additional penalties for the men’s hoops program, as Fred Hoiberg’s team has already worked their way through a handful of self-imposed recruiting restrictions, but the school will be on probation for two years.

The case was deemed major by the NCAA, largely due to the fact that almost 1,500 impermissible calls and texts were dug up between 2008 and 2011. While much of that was traced back to clerical errors, some of the violations that were committed aren’t even illegal anymore.

Iowa State began investigating itself back in April of 2011 when Hoiberg saw then-graduate assistant Lefty Moore at a game that Hoiberg’s son was playing in. Hoiberg soon learned that Moore was in contact with players that ISU was recruiting, and that’s what launched the audit. The initial report was filed later that year, with the summary disposition getting released five months ago the infractions committee reviewing the documents three months ago.

That’s a long time to wait just to hear the NCAA say ‘don’t worry’.

Iowa must feel like it got Punk'd

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Words I never thought I’d write: Dick Vitale is a voice of reason.

Iowa ran afoul of NCAA rules recently when recruits Josh Oglesby and Marcus Page met Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore at a Hawkeyes football game last month. The Des Moines Register reports school officials admit they allowed the meeting to happen, even though it’s against the rules to have contact with any individual/booster who can influence the recruiting process.

But I have to agree with college basketball’s ubiquitous announcer. It’s a lame rule.

And one that USC, UCLA or any other school with famous alums must constantly straddle. How could they not? Famous alums – particularly athletes – are a helluva recruiting tool. Don’t dismiss Kutcher and Moore as lesser stars, either. Paige didn’t.

“Seeing a Hollywood star that you’ve seen in all those movies was really cool,” Paige told earlier this month..

But, as Jeff Eisenberg points out, Iowa probably won’t get dinged too badly for it.

Whether it’s North Carolina recruits playing pick-up games with Michael Jordan or former Ohio State receiver Cris Carter encouraging Seantrel Henderson to become a Buckeye, encounters between recruits and celebrity alums happen all the time. The vast majority of these infractions either go unreported or become secondary violations, which provide only minimal recruiting or competitive advantage and typically carry only minor consequences. 

Make new Iowa coach Fran McCaffery sit through back-to-back showings of Kutcher’s next movie. That would be enough punishment.

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Mayo associate sues NCAA for $25 million

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Rodney Guillory, the events promoter in the middle of the O.J. Mayo scandal and ensuing sanctions at USC, says the NCAA defamed him and mischaracterized his relationship with Mayo (even though he wasn’t named in the NCAA’s report). So he’s doing what most mad people do today.

He’s suing.

His $25 million suit against the NCAA claims defamation, false light invasion of privacy and negligent misrepresentation. Yes, Guillory gave Mayo guidance and monetary assistance, but it was years before the player arrived at USC, according to an L.A. Times story.

“The relationship that Rodney and O.J. had, it was akin to the relationship a student would have with an uncle or a close family friend,” Edward Y. Lee, Guillory’s attorney, told the paper.

“Rodney was providing a lot of things that [Mayo’s] own parents weren’t providing.”

Ummm … yeah. Wasn’t that the whole problem?

The NCAA said it hasn’t seen the lawsuit yet, but is confident it did not defame Guillory. I’m confident this is a mess that won’t be resolved anytime soon.

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2008 title game just got a little more shady


For those keeping track, we’re up to three players who played in the 2008 NCAA tournament title game under questionable circumstances: Derrick Rose, Darrell Arthur and now Brandon Rush.

A report by Yahoo! Sports indicates Rush participated in a pre-NBA draft workout in the summer of 2007 that was conducted by the New York Knicks. Rush tore a knee ligament and eventually withdrew from the draft. He told Kansas that he injured the knee in a pickup hoops game, so there was never an investigation, just rehab for his knee.

“He told us that was inaccurate and that it happened the day prior, while he was in North Carolina,” KU coach B ill Self told Yahoo!. “We heard about the workouts in Atlanta, and we asked Brandon if he had worked out there and he said, ‘No,’ that he was injured when he got there.”

His participation in the workout wouldn’t have been an automatic NCAA violation (Mike DeCourcy says how Rush got to the workout in Atlanta would’ve been the issue), but it’s just another to add to that game.

Rose’s fraudulent SAT score eventually forced Memphis to vacate its entire 2007-08 season. Darrell Arthur’s high school grades were questioned, but eventually ruled legitimate by the Dallas Independent School District, saving Kansas any kind of NCAA punishment.

At this rate, they’ll be strange news surrounding all 10 starters by 2018.

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Baylor also has a non-Dunn mess to clean up

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Baylor’s would-be dream season is turning sour.

Less than a week after star guard LaceDarius Dunn was charged with aggravated assault and suspended indefinitely for an incident involving his girlfriend,’s Jeff Goodman broke news that the program is being investigated by the NCAA for its involvement in the recruitment of a Colombia high school player.

The NCAA will be in Waco, Texas, later this month to interview coach Scott Drew and his coaching staff, Goodman reported. The school has already self-reported the violations.

Complicating matters is that Baylor just came off probation on June 22 stemming from the Dave Bliss debacle back in 2003. The new violation occurred in late July. Hard to imagine the NCAA’s happy about that.

The new problems stem from the recruitment of Hanner Perea, a junior from Colombia who transferred to an Indiana high school. Baylor assistant Mark Morefield reportedly sent dozen of texts to Perea’s AAU and high school coaches in July while they were coaching events, which is against NCAA rules.

More damming? There was at least one threat involved. From Goodman’s story.

Morefield also sent a text to LaLumiere coach Alan Huss, which was obtained by, saying that if Perea didn’t go to Baylor, he wouldn’t be back in the United States.

“I guarantee u if he does [commit to another school] he will be in Colombia for the spring and summer and next year. Don’t forget it,” the text said.

Note to Baylor: I wouldn’t rule on Dunn’s suspension until AFTER the NCAA comes to town. Best to take these things one at a time.

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Don't lie to the NCAA if you're an athlete

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Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl lied to NCAA investigators during an early summer interview. As a result, the Vols self-imposed recruiting sanctions and docked Pearl $1.5 million in salary over the next four years.

Yet North Carolina football players were ruled permanently ineligible partly for lying to the NCAA about extra benefits they received from agents. Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant got the heave-ho last season when he lied about his interactions with ex-NFL star Deion Sanders.

Why do the players get the boot, while Pearl gets fined? Mike DeCourcy asked the NCAA that very question and got this answer:

“The NCAA is not involved in employment decisions, as that would be a campus matter,” NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn said by e-mail, stressing that the NCAA does not comment on specific cases.

“However, a show-cause penalty issued by the Committee on Infractions could detail how athletic-related duties should be limited. Any penalty is designed to address the type of violations, as well as any advantage gained.”

Tennessee may face a hearing before the infractions committee, but that’s months away. And as DeCourcy points out, a show-cause order usually just explains how the coach will be monitored, not punished.

The lesson? When adults act like children, they’re treated as adults. Student-athletes are treated like children no matter the situation.

Mike Miller’s also on Twitter @BeyndArcMMiller, usually talkin’ hoops. Click here for more.