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Tuesday, September 06, 2011
UConn: NCAA Rules (Still) Don't Apply To Us

Anyone paying attention to what the University of Connecticut just did down in Storrs with their basketball program? Coach Jim Calhoun seized the opportunity to bring highly touted Andre Drummond, the top ranked recruit by ESPN, to campus to play for his basketball program in their efforts to defend last year's national championship.

Current player, Michael Bradley, a 6'10" backup center, has decided to give up his scholarship so Drummond can join his team. Wait...what? Many across the country are applauding Bradley for exhibiting a selfless dedication to his school so they can bring in another star for Calhoun's program. Don't cry for Bradley, apparently he is going to apply for financial aid and, one can only assume, be taken care of by UConn.

This isn't unique to UConn as other schools have pulled similar stunts as well....both Calipari at Kentucky and Pitino at Louisville took similar courses of action. I'm uncomfortable with this...anyone else? Check out my story here at the Huffington Post.


"Coach Jim Calhoun..."

I believe this is another one of those places where most people familiar with the enterprise do their best Claude Rains imitation.

If--well, when, since the NCAA regularly fellates any successful coach who isn't Bob Knight--the NCAA does nothing, will this blog stop pretending that there is a Rule of Law in college sports?

(I do admit that, on seeing the name "Michael Bradley," my first thought was, "Well, since his father is no longer the coach, he's trying to find something he can do." But that's a side issue, except for those who watched US defense in the second half of matches.)

Blogger Ken Houghton -- 9/06/2011 10:31 AM  

Ken - the NCAA, as a private association, has its own administrative law procedures which, unfortunately, do not have to follow the constitutional notion of due process. I believe that Warren's commentary is asking for more stringent application of the NCAA's own rules to the Bradley situation. Some of us, myself included, try to bring the Rule of Law to the NCAA on a daily basis in our Sports Law practices.

Blogger Tim Epstein -- 9/07/2011 12:30 PM  

This is somewhat a result of Title IX practices: To "equalize" the number of women and men playing sports, Division I basketball allows 13 men's and 15 women's scholarships per team. Not saying this might not still happened if the men had 15 scholarships too, but the Title IX effect strikes again.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 10/05/2011 5:43 PM  

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