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Duke looking into possible basketball recruiting violation

Posted July 30, 2011
Updated August 1, 2011

Duke University is looking into whether head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski committed an NCAA violation.

CBSSports.com reports Krzyzewski offered a scholarship to 2012 recruit Alex Poythress while the 6-foot-7 forward from Tennessee was at an AAU tournament in Orlando, Fla., with his team, the Georgia Stars.

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The contact that occurred between Krzyzewsi and Poythress before the end of the tournament would violate NCAA Rule 13.1.6.2.

That rule states, “Contact is prohibited from the time the prospective student-athlete reports for competition until he/she has been released from competition by the appropriate authority.”

It is not a violation that Krzyzewski was in attendance according to the NCAA rules which state specifically on the issue: “During the summer evaluation period, a member of an institution's basketball coaching staff may attend non-institutional, non-organized events (e.g., pick-up games), institutional basketball camps per Bylaw 13.13.1.1 and non-institutional organized events (e.g., camps, leagues, tournaments and festivals)…”

In a statement released Saturday, Duke Associate Director of Athletics for Media Relations & Public Affairs Jon Jackson said, “In all rules matters brought to our attention, the Duke Compliance Department exercises due diligence in determining the relevant facts of a given situation. Proper adherence to NCAA bylaws has always been, and will continue to be, a cornerstone of Duke Athletics.”

According to multiple recruiting sources, Poythress is considering the Florida, Kentucky, Memphis and Vanderbilt, as well as Duke, among others. ESPN has Poythress listed as the No. 17 overall national recruit, Rivals.com has him listed at No. 38, CBSSports.com at No. 15 and Scout.com has him ranked No. 13 overall.

Poythress was pleased when approached by Krzyzewski, telling CBSCports.com, "It was pretty exciting to talk to Coach K. He said he saw me play at the Super Showcase and Peach Jam, and he liked what he saw.”

Poythress says he is still weighing all of his nearly a dozen offers and will cut his list of choices in a week or two.

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  • kickmeoutroy69 Aug 1, 11:42 a.m.

    The rules apply to some coaches, but not others.
    Don't you all know this by now?
    Coach K could pay... View More

    — Posted by Spartacus

    tough times huh??

  • mikecussmeout Aug 1, 10:05 a.m.

    I am just proud to say that we must run the only clean sports program in the state.....GO PACK! ;)

    — Posted by Double07

    There’s a joke about college football that says 95 percent of the schools in the NCAA run clean programs ... and the rest are in the Top 25.

    Your school just hasn't been caught yet.

  • Spartacus Aug 1, 9:12 a.m.

    The rules apply to some coaches, but not others.
    Don't you all know this by now?
    Coach K could pay his prospects $100K each, out of his own pocket,
    and the NCAA would look the other way. (kind of like Auburn)

  • Double07 Aug 1, 9:06 a.m.

    I am just proud to say that we must run the only clean sports program in the state.....GO PACK! ;)

  • CAROLINA43 Aug 1, 8:33 a.m.

    The University of New Jersey, at Duke, won't even get a wrist-slap from the NCAA for this; they'll probably receive a commendation!!

  • GhostofSmitty Aug 1, 8:28 a.m.

    So before this thing disappears off the main stage, might I commend the Tar Heel posters for being mostly light hearted about this! Yeah, there have been some smart rear comments about it (yours truly with hand up) however most have been pretty fair. Quite a few Wolfies really kissing IT so they must be pandering for K to go easy on Gott this year. It would have been nice for Butch to have gotten this kind of treatment. 170+ posts, if this would have been the Tar Heels it would have busted 700 easy!

  • jerrysloan57 Aug 1, 7:46 a.m.

    Where is it said K talked to him on the phone. He was there at the event and he talked to him on... View More

    — Posted by mikecussmeout

    First of all, I don't think Coach K would knowingly break the rules; he is no Jim Calhoun, thank... View More

    — Posted by swebsurf

    According to sources is not fact.I guess will find out after Duke investigates its self.

    — Posted by mikecussmeout

    I GUESS YOU REALLY ARE THIS DAMM DUMB!!!!!!!!DUMBAZZ!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dsalter Aug 1, 12:01 a.m.

    Oh mah-gosh! Say it ain't so!

  • mikecussmeout Jul 31, 10:26 p.m.

    Where is it said K talked to him on the phone. He was there at the event and he talked to him on... View More

    — Posted by mikecussmeout

    First of all, I don't think Coach K would knowingly break the rules; he is no Jim Calhoun, thank... View More

    — Posted by swebsurf

    According to sources is not fact.I guess will find out after Duke investigates its self.

  • mikecussmeout Jul 31, 10:22 p.m.

    New headline.Polish Santa Gets Caught for Cheating

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