Let’s come clean about ‘dirty coaches’….Is NCAA the problem?

Let me clarify my position on Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun and his alleged illegal recruiting tactics by discussing Kentucky’s flirtation with Memphis’ John Calipari.

If a sports media outlet reported today that Calipari and his Memphis assistants had NCAA-impermissible contact with a recruit from an at-risk situation and a manager-turned-agent, no one in the sports world would express an ounce of surprise.
Coach Cal’s rep is that he plays loosey-goosey with the NCAA rulebook. He recruits prep-school kids, late-academic qualifiers and he’s not above giving a dad (Milt Wagner) a job or an AAU coach a speaking engagement in order to land a program-maker.

Some sports writers I respect consider Coach Cal a “dirty coach.”

foxsports.com
3/31/09