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Self mum on damaging McLemore report

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07:12 AM ET 05.06 | Beyond a statement, the University of Kansas didn't have much to say, and coach Bill Self has added little more. [Self] said at his camp on Sunday he had "no comment" regarding any aspects of the USA Today story in which Ben McLemore's AAU coach, Darius Cobb, said he was paid $10,000 and travel expenses from a middleman. ... Cobb said McLemore knew "little to none" about the middleman's financial involvement in the player's life. McLemore's amateur status may be at risk because of payments Cobb said he accepted from [Rodney Blackstock]. An athlete's family members, friends and coaches cannot accept money or gifts from agents or anyone working for them.

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May 6, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Even the spammers are up before DC.

May 6, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Any of you Big 12 guys know any juicy details? Was the middleman working for an agent, or for the Jayhawks?

May 6, 2013  08:45 AM ET

Shock of shocks. An AAU coach was taking money to tell his player to go to school X. That is what CBB has become.

May 6, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Sounds like the Albert Means things, but sideways.

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May 6, 2013  08:55 AM ET
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Shock of shocks. An AAU coach was taking money to tell his player to go to school X. That is what CBB has become.

Could CFB be thrown in as well? This bagman concept is corroding whatever foundation is left of amateur sports, and the No Cred At All hasn't an answer for it.

May 6, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Rock-Chalk-OH CRAP!!!

May 6, 2013  09:49 AM ET
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Could CFB be thrown in as well? This bagman concept is corroding whatever foundation is left of amateur sports, and the No Cred At All hasn't an answer for it.

Its no where close to the CBB network. I've seen it first hand, and as lus said, just about every major program does it. Its the reason 90% of the coaches in AAU are "coaching". They are street agents working with WWW and the ncaa coaches.

As what has been said before, pay everyone in cash, and most importantly, pay everyone involved. Otherwise, no one talks with ncaa investigators and nothing can be proved.

May 6, 2013  10:26 AM ET

the athletes need to be punished for this as well, not just the university. He knows the rules

May 6, 2013  10:45 AM ET

The same rule should apply to football, right, Tricky Nicky. The Crimson Tide stole a Louisiana player by giving the young man's girlfriend a job in Saban's office if the player signed with Alabama. I dare say that is just as bad but for some reason the SEC and the NCAA don't want that rule. Seems they have some good feelings for Alabama because they will not stop the buying of players and the SEC forever gives the Crimson Tide the easier schedule in football. C'mon stop the cheating and make them play the likes of Florida or South Carolina during the regular season rather than Kentucky and Tennessee.

May 6, 2013  10:52 AM ET

An athlete taking money? No way this happened, it's all about academics right?

May 6, 2013  11:28 AM ET
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the athletes need to be punished for this as well, not just the university. He knows the rules

Unless you just felt like stating the obvious, of course the athletes will be punished. And don't get so high minded off the rules, because the rule makers are making billions of college kids but trying to ruin schools and careers if the kid gets a free chicken sandwich.

May 6, 2013  11:36 AM ET

Once again, David Stern is to blame for this. If the age restrictions didn't exist in the NBA, guys who never had intentions on going to college after high school would just jump right to the league. The age restriction hasn't helped the NBA in a single way, but it's damaging the college game severely. It would make more sense to impose a rule that only allows for sophomores and up to go pro, else anyone could make the leap straight from high school, regardless of age. Also, I guess I just don't get it. Why demonize people who want to get paid for their talents? You rarely ever hear about anyone rigging college game (think the plot of Blue Chips), so to attempt to prevent anyone, other than the hypocritical NCAA, from cashing in on the talents of athletes is a foolish pursuit. Destroy the atmosphere of people sneaking around doing things, and allow schools to pursue student-athletes with money and everything else at their disposal. There are plenty of endowed colleges that have terrible sports programs, so there is no advantage for the household names like Ohio State, UNC, Alabama, et. Al. This ridiculous notion that the amateur status of college sports is somehow solemn or noble is a farce. It's been about money since the first TV deal was signed. Why is always all right for someone up high to get wealthy, but not the people who are actually producing the product?

May 6, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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Unless you just felt like stating the obvious, of course the athletes will be punished. And don't get so high minded off the rules, because the rule makers are making billions of college kids but trying to ruin schools and careers if the kid gets a free chicken sandwich.

ahh, no the athletes don't get punished.

See Fab Five, Mayo, Thomas and the rest of the athletes are in the pro's making millions. What punishment have they ever received?

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May 6, 2013  01:01 PM ET

All those living in the now should pay heed. Tennessee has been and will be again a national power in CFB. When they do not contend for NCs, the Vols will spoil others' parties. Tennessee has a long-standing rivalry with Alabama which both schools sought to preserve when the SEC expanded and split into divisions, thus the arrangement providing for them to continue to meet annually. Recently (by the standards of this long-running rivalry), The Volunteers beat the Crimson Tide seven times in a row. Inexplicably, the Vols lost to Bama in 2002, then defeated them in 2003, 2004 & 2006. Bama has won every meeting since 2007. Inevitably, that streak will end, and the Vols will triumph on the gridiron once again. It is the way of things. Sadly, this reality is lost upon whippersnappers and those who volunteer for ignorance (not to be mistaken for those who Volunteer for Tennessee).

May 6, 2013  01:25 PM ET

What this little write up fails to state is they weren't pushing McLemore to Kansas. This has nothing to do with which school he chose. They were pushing him towards a certain agent and to go pro. This happened this past season. I'm not saying colleges don't do this, but that is not what this story is about.

 
May 6, 2013  02:02 PM ET
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What this little write up fails to state is they weren't pushing McLemore to Kansas. This has nothing to do with which school he chose. They were pushing him towards a certain agent and to go pro. This happened this past season. I'm not saying colleges don't do this, but that is not what this story is about.

Thanks for the inside skinny. Welcome to FN.

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