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    Is today the day for Lucca?

    Coach McD indicated that ISU and Lucca go before the NCAA very soon. Does anyone have more info?



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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    I thought it was today yes. At least this will be over with one way or the other. My guess is no.


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Well, they're having the conference call with McD, Pollard, and his German Coach Junge today. Who knows if we'll get an answer right away or not.




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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    I think the 18th is the magical date. I hope that this review panel can allow some justice to come through, the NCAA is already getting a nice black eye. Over turning this ruling can make it go away a little.



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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    MY gut feeling is that we won't see him in action until next year. At least it will force other guards to step up.....but man imagine if we got Lucca to come back with a healing Wesley and people starting to pick it up!


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    I think the 18th is the magical date. I hope that this review panel can allow some justice to come through, the NCAA is already getting a nice black eye. Over turning this ruling can make it go away a little.
    The NCAA does not give a rats *** about Iowa State, they have made that perfectly clear in the past. Why does anyone think this will end any differntly? We all know they are wrong, but that has not stopped them in the past.


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Agreed Brian. I am definitely not getting my hopes up on this one. Iowa State = no financial gain for the NCAA...therefore screw ISU.


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    The NCAA does not give a rats *** about Iowa State, they have made that perfectly clear in the past. Why does anyone think this will end any differntly? We all know they are wrong, but that has not stopped them in the past.
    My only hope is, that the committee that will be deciding Lucca's appeal today isn't the NCAA, but officials from various NCAA schools. Perhaps they are less uptight arses.



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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    There is pretty much zero chance that the committee, made up of officials from member schools, will have the gonads to overrule what the NCAA has handed down. I will be SHOCKED if this goes in our favor.

    I would imagine this is nothing but an exercise for them and they will abide by the NCAA's wishes.



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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    My guess is that the appeal committee won't overturn the decision. I believe they will be sympathetic, but they won't want to set a precedent that is directly opposed to the current NCAA amateurism rules.

    This years cases will likely create pressure for an NCAA rule change, but it will be too late to help Lucca.


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cutlass View Post
    My only hope is, that the committee that will be deciding Lucca's appeal today isn't the NCAA, but officials from various NCAA schools. Perhaps they are less uptight arses.
    I think this is an important point. The NCAA bureaucrats are required to go by the book, which if interpreted strictly, required them to levy a penalty on Lucca. However, the appeal committee is comprised of representatives from member schools. They have the power to look beyond a literal interpretation of the rules and consider the intent of the rules as well as the special circumstances of those affected. Any reasonable human being would have to agree that Lucca is getting a raw deal, and I'm assuming that the committee is comprised of reasonable human beings. I bet he gets to play half the remaining games.


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Cutlass is correct this isn't the "NCAA" making the call on this one, its a group of "peers" so it's not going to be because the NCAA doesn't give a rats *** about Iowa State oh and there probably won't be some bogus fire today delaying the process two weeks. That being said I still don't like our chances all that well.



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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Coach said in his post game interview that this will be a big relief regardless for Lucca because he finally gets to defend himself and get his say in this today. He also said Lucca is very happy here and a big part of that is the fan support for him and making him feel welcome. Mentioned the "Free Lucca" chants puts a big smile on his face and a little blushing as well but just shows how much our fans are behind him.

    I'd be shocked if this gets over-turned too but will be a big emotional lift if he gets to play again this season too.


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    Folks; I'm not trying to be DebbieDowner, but help me understand and help me set my expectations correctly so I am not disappointed when I see Lucca play.
    Why does everybody feel he is our best guard and the answer to our ailing back-court play and ready to immediately contribute to B12 play?
    + Did you see him in Cap City league?
    + Based on Mac's comments?
    + Based on stats from a German semi-pro league?


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    Re: Is today the day for Lucca?

    imagine how nervous he will be that first time he steps on the court after all the chanting and support



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