College Basketball Notes

ESPN has two pieces of note this morning. First, the NCAA alleges that Derrick Rose might not have taken his own SAT (if one reads between the lines). It sounds like the only punishment being discussed is vacating Rose’s Final Four, but even that would suck for Memphis, a program whose best days are behind it. Unlike with Kelvin Sampson, no penalties (even if the allegations are proven true) would follow Calipari to UK. This will obviously be high profile, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it ultimately comes to nothing. Yes, I still wish Calipari had come to NC State.

On the shocking front, mad bomber Terrence Oglesby will leave Clemson to play professionally in Europe. Oglesby did seem like something of a head case, but the Tigers will now be without two of their three leading scores from last season. This development likely means more playing time for Clemson’s other goofy looking white guy, Tanner Smith.

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1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.


54 Responses to College Basketball Notes

  1. Gene 05/30/2009 at 1:57 PM #

    I actually think our athletics department is so risk averse, that if we did land Calipari, we’d not be in the same boat as other schools, since we’d have made sure the little things got taken care of.

    The one benefit from the Valvano-era scandals is our men’s basketball program is finally sound on the non-court stuff, like graduation rates and players generally staying out of trouble while at NCSU.

    I’d personally wouldn’t mind having Calipari because I think it’d mean we’d have tons of talent and done better than 10th place, at least once in the past three years.

    “and don’t doubt that UK is a better job than NC State”

    Properly written contracts can keep coaches from jumping ship. See Valvano and UCLA or Beilein and NCSU as examples.

    “The historical data say, he’ll win and he’ll get YOU in trouble. ”

    I just think a strong athletics department will take care of the little things that seemed to have gotten him into trouble at UMass.

    Calipari, to the outside world, has pretty much the same reputation as Jim Valvano before the whole cancer-redemption saga, in my opinion, except Calipari’s “transgressions” weren’t nearly as bad.

  2. VaWolf82 05/30/2009 at 3:26 PM #

    that he’d have recruited questionable student athletes (b/c he always has)

    It looks like you have chosen to ignore reports that one of the issues Cal had with State was over what type of kids that he could bring in.

  3. NCSUownzJoo 05/31/2009 at 10:25 AM #

    Calipari is thought of as a MUCH bigger sleazeball than V was. You say that Cal’s transgressions weren’t nearly as bad as V’s? What were V’s transgressions?

  4. tdawg 08/20/2009 at 4:51 PM #

    I hate to say I told you so…. but:

    OH WAIT! I LOVE to say that! :-p

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