Sunday, June 19, 2011

NCAA has anti-Kentucky policy

With the way this year has been, I blame the NCAA for not enforcing their policies equally when it comes to vacating records. If you don't go after San Diego State and Coach Steve Fischer, what you do is making sure people interpret the policies as a piece of fucking bullshit. Nothing more, nothing less.

Sure, deeming players to be ineligible is one thing. But when you say a coach's record was vacated and only complain to the university after that hack, Jerry Tipton, complains about the University of Kentucky's celebration for John Calipari following his 500th victory.

Because of Tipton, the NCAA asked UK to apologize for what they did.

So why the fuck doesn't Tipton ask them about San Diego State? Where is the outrage there?

So go ahead, Tipton. Keep doing what you do and just remember, you may be a beat reporter in Lexington but you'll keep getting no love from Kentucky fans.

John Clay had a good read this morning in the Herald-Leader. Excerpt follows:

A similar sentiment could be applied to Dennis Thomas, the chair of the NCAA's Committee on Infractions who wrote the letter demanding UK acknowledge it was in error recognizing John Calipari's career 500th victory and that it should not include his "vacated" victories in school media guides, Web sites, etc.

This, of course, propelled the Big Blue Nation into (a) a huff, and more importantly (b) to the Internet (grandma) to a little detective work of its own.

Wake up and smell the Internet, Mr. Thomas.

Thomas is also the commissioner of the Mid Eastern Athletic Conference. And the intrepid reporters among the UK faithful discovered that not one, not two, but three MEAC members publish athletic media guides that fail to exclude vacated victories.

Savannah State was instructed to forfeit all victories from 1993-1994 through 1995-96 in football. Yet none of that is mentioned in the school's football media guide.

Then there's MEAC member Florida A&M, which was ruled to have used ineligible members in 2000 and 2001 and instructed to classify games as "no contests." Yet in the FAMU media guide, the wins are still listed and still included in former coach Billy Joe's record.

Then there is Morgan State basketball coach Todd Bozeman. As the Web site Rush the Court points out, it was under Bozeman that his previous employer, California, was forced to vacate a combined 28 wins in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. So instead of being 63-35 at Cal, Bozeman was actually 35-35. (As another part of NCAA weirdness, schools are not required to "vacate" losses.)[...]

If this all seems nit-picky and silly, that's because it is nit-picky and silly. Most of the Kentucky/NCAA/500-win controversy last week was an exercise in silliness and hypocrisy that only served to reinforce what a basically useless punishment the NCAA doles out when it "vacates" victories.

UK looked either inept or disingenuous by waiting until nearly two hours into its basketball game with Florida on Feb. 26 — which turned out to be Calipari's career 500th win — to email the NCAA with the question about whether it counts vacated victories in career coaching totals.
Dennis Thomas has lost any credibility he has with the NCAA.

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