UConn Basketball: Jim Calhoun Enters a Gray Area with Andre Drummond
Every single minute of every single day, another school manages to dive through another gaping loophole within the NCAA rule book—in all sports. However, the most recent revelation is beyond belief.
Jim Calhoun, a man that recently had his school sanctioned for NCAA violations, has pushed the envelope once again with the commitment of Andre Drummond.
Drummond, one of the top two players in the country for 2012, appeared headed for prep school and poised to attempt the NBA draft, or eventually headed to UCONN. Yet, at the last minute, things quickly changed.
Out of the blue, Drummond quickly committed to Calhoun and declared his intentions to play for the Huskies in 2011. Normally, this would not be a problem, but these are not the most normal of circumstances.
Calhoun and company were docked three scholarships for the violations levied by the NCAA and a poor APR score, leaving them without room to place the talented Drummond on the roster.
But, here we are, with Drummond committing and headed to UCONN.
Where will his place on the roster be derived from?
Well, why not place another player on financial aid? Perhaps a red-shirt freshman will be willing to use the financial aid route and pay his own way?
Maybe Michael Bradley?
Of course, that would be the most plausible scenario and it would shoot the Huskies directly into the preseason top five conversation. Another championship contender for Stoors.
There is absolutely nothing sketchy about the aforementioned scenario, right?
This is an institution that is currently on probation and facing a scholarship reduction. A program that blatantly skirted the rules and received a slap on the wrist; however, that slap included a reduction of scholarships. Yet, they are able to enter a gray area, an academic loophole that has been left open, and add another player. They have blatantly disregarded the fact that the loss of scholarships was a form of punishment.
This could be considered the equivalent of your mother taking away your cable television, but you sneak a Blu-Ray player upstairs and throw in Rambo, and then she sits on the bed and watches along with you.
Another case of the NCAA "enforcing" a lax punishment and allowing the violator to continue to run roughshod around their arbitrary court.
By the end of the day, will any diatribe be placed upon the UCONN program, specifically by the spit-slinging society in Indianapolis? Most likely, no.
Calhoun will, once again, skate on past, perhaps make a snide remark and continue running a program that vehemently refuses to abide by the mandated punishments that are hurled in his general direction.
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