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    Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Todd Leyden - President of the NCAA Eligibility Center. I have been trying to do some internet digging to identify individuals who may have been involved with the Lucca decision. I found a couple articles that lead me to believe that the NCAA Clearinghouse is working with the Eligibility Center. Here's one of the links: EligibilityCenter

    Earlier this week, the NCAA clearinghouse website was "under construction" and when I linked to the clearinghouse site today, I was taken to the Eligibility Center instead. I have been thinking about how the "name universities" seem to get away with so much and the lesser-known universities are punished more severely. Lucca gets a totally unfair verdict, and Kelvin Sampson can be a repeat offender and all he gets is a "slap" on the wrist. I found it quite curious that Mr. Brand has ties to Indiana U (Presidency & his wife is a faculty member), and Leyden has been involved with Indiana U, and seems to be active in other Indiana state organizations as well. I wonder if it's just a coincidence that Sampson escaped severe punishment? Anyway, another name to possibly consider in connection with this "mess" is Bill Saum - Director of Amateurism Certification (however, I have no idea what his job description is). I still am digging around but, for now, here is Todd Leyden's e-mail: tleyden@ncaa.org


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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Good work, keep digging. I would throw some rep your way, but I seem to have exhausted my quota for today.


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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle View Post
    Good work, keep digging. I would throw some rep your way, but I seem to have exhausted my quota for today.
    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I did also find the following link that provides a couple scenarios about involvement with professional teams. On that page I found the following names and e-mail addresses (listed below):
    Link (pdf file): AmateurismNCAA

    You may contact an NCAA amateurism certification staff
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    Mike DeCesare
    mdecesare@ncaa.org

    Jennifer Henderson
    jhenderson@ncaa.org

    Dan Kapsalis
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    Leigh Ann Kennedy
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    Matt Marz
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    Jobrina Perez
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    Natalie Rogers
    nrogers@ncaa.org

    Bill Saum
    bsaum@ncaa.org

    Ashley Thornburg
    athornburg@ncaa.org

    Stephen Webb
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    Utah Utes, Illinois Illini. The University of Pennsylvania thought about following this pattern by calling themselves the Pennsylvania Pencils. However, they were afraid their students would start chanting "We're No. 2"

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    Got the rep taken care of for you Kyle.


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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Quote Originally Posted by kentkel View Post
    You may contact an NCAA amateurism certification staff
    member by phone at 317/223-0700 or by e-mail:
    Staff Member / E-mail

    Mike DeCesare
    mdecesare@ncaa.org

    Jennifer Henderson
    jhenderson@ncaa.org

    Dan Kapsalis
    dkapsalis@ncaa.org

    Leigh Ann Kennedy
    lkennedy@ncaa.org

    Matt Marz
    mmarz@ncaa.org

    Jobrina Perez
    jperez@ncaa.org

    Natalie Rogers
    nrogers@ncaa.org

    Bill Saum
    bsaum@ncaa.org

    Ashley Thornburg
    athornburg@ncaa.org

    Stephen Webb
    swebb@ncaa.org
    I noticed the phone number. I immediately thought about calling it to see if I could sweet talk one of the staff members into helping me understand the rationale behind the NCAA's decision (since the NCAA hasn't commented publicly yet and the season starts tonight). Then I thought better of it since I'm just a fan and ISU has a staff to handle these things. Let's hope JP and his staff are calling this phone number every day to get more information and ask some tough questions (such as why Dogus Balbay still gets to play for the University of Texas).

    Now if the NCAA rejects ISU's appeal and refuses to offer a reasonable explanation, then let's ALL call this number and scream our heads off!



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    ISU will not be granted an appeal hearing for a long time. This matter is over folks.


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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    According to this...

    Staiger Ineligible According To NCAA - Iowa State University Athletics Official Web Site - www.CYCLONES.com - Iowa State Cyclones Sports

    These are the people making the decision on Lucca, The Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee...

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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    I like how the big 12 has no members on the reinstatement committee. Yet the big 10 has one. No wonder Kelvin Sampson never serves time. No wonder OU was penalized and not Indiana. Maybe Gmac can call this sheahon Zenger from the Missouri Valley conference. He might know her from his old UNI days.



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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    I like how the big 12 has no members on the reinstatement committee. Yet the big 10 has one. No wonder Kelvin Sampson never serves time. No wonder OU was penalized and not Indiana. Maybe Gmac can call this sheahon Zenger from the Missouri Valley conference. He might know her from his old UNI days.
    This is just the reinstatement committee...not the infractions committee

    The NCAA has several committees with different roles.

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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Quote Originally Posted by kentkel View Post
    Todd Leyden - President of the NCAA Eligibility Center. I have been trying to do some internet digging to identify individuals who may have been involved with the Lucca decision. I found a couple articles that lead me to believe that the NCAA Clearinghouse is working with the Eligibility Center. Here's one of the links: EligibilityCenter

    Earlier this week, the NCAA clearinghouse website was "under construction" and when I linked to the clearinghouse site today, I was taken to the Eligibility Center instead. I have been thinking about how the "name universities" seem to get away with so much and the lesser-known universities are punished more severely. Lucca gets a totally unfair verdict, and Kelvin Sampson can be a repeat offender and all he gets is a "slap" on the wrist. I found it quite curious that Mr. Brand has ties to Indiana U (Presidency & his wife is a faculty member), and Leyden has been involved with Indiana U, and seems to be active in other Indiana state organizations as well. I wonder if it's just a coincidence that Sampson escaped severe punishment? Anyway, another name to possibly consider in connection with this "mess" is Bill Saum - Director of Amateurism Certification (however, I have no idea what his job description is). I still am digging around but, for now, here is Todd Leyden's e-mail: tleyden@ncaa.org
    The NCAA hasn't ruled on Sampson's situation. All that has happened is that IU reported the violations. The NCAA has made no ruling one way or the other. IU has come up with some diciplinary actions in getting rid of one of their scholarships (The coke dealer Bud Mackey), and the assistant involved has resigned. Whether or not the NCAA will agree with the severity of that punishment or clamp down with a more severe punishment is up in the air. THERE HAS BEEN NO RULING.



    I love Lucca, but some of you guys are just reporting information that isn't true. Indiana hasn't gotten away with anything. To be honest, I don't think Sampson's phone calls were that big a deal. I think Lucca's situation is way less a big deal, but I think the loss of a scholarship and the dismisal of the assistant is fine for a punishment... And I hate IU.

    My hope in all this is that they just remove the suspension on Lucca. I don't want IU basketball, or Oklahoma football to be thrown under the bus alongside Lucca. I want the NCAA to do what is best for the student athletes. What is best is letting Lucca and his buddy in Washington off the hook with NO punishment as they've done absolutely nothing wrong.



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    NCAA - National Collegiate Athletic Association

    Interesting that the basketball committee has no issues.



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    I see Lew Perkins of Kansas is on the committee for the Big 12.


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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Quote Originally Posted by Llama006 View Post
    The NCAA hasn't ruled on Sampson's situation. All that has happened is that IU reported the violations. The NCAA has made no ruling one way or the other. IU has come up with some diciplinary actions in getting rid of one of their scholarships (The coke dealer Bud Mackey), and the assistant involved has resigned. Whether or not the NCAA will agree with the severity of that punishment or clamp down with a more severe punishment is up in the air. THERE HAS BEEN NO RULING.



    I love Lucca, but some of you guys are just reporting information that isn't true. Indiana hasn't gotten away with anything. To be honest, I don't think Sampson's phone calls were that big a deal. I think Lucca's situation is way less a big deal, but I think the loss of a scholarship and the dismisal of the assistant is fine for a punishment... And I hate IU.

    My hope in all this is that they just remove the suspension on Lucca. I don't want IU basketball, or Oklahoma football to be thrown under the bus alongside Lucca. I want the NCAA to do what is best for the student athletes. What is best is letting Lucca and his buddy in Washington off the hook with NO punishment as they've done absolutely nothing wrong.
    A good post. Mostly because I agree with you.



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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    I sent them all a letter. Maybe one person will have the nads to step up and do the right thing.



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    Re: Is this the man to contact (RE Lucca)?

    Got this out of office reply from mdecesare@ncaa.org:

    Thank you for your e-mail. I will be out of the office Friday November 2-Monday November 5. I will respond to your inquiry upon my return. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Kara Koestner at (317) 223-0755.

    Thanks and have a great weekend!



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    so contact kara


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