Keeler's perspective on Staiger fiasco

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  1. cloneaholic

    cloneaholic Active Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    Please forgive me if this has already been posted, but I really enjoyed reading Sean Keeler's blog about the Lucca Staiger situation. Here's what he had to say:

    ISU basketball: Hypocrisy is spelled with four letters — NCAA

    And the stuffed shirts in Indianapolis wonder why folks roll their eyes when the NCAA hops on the high horse and starts lecturing about integrity. It’s hard to take an organization seriously that allows Kelvin Sampson to roam wild through its halls but wants to keep Lucca Staiger out of the party.
    The Register’s Rick Brown reported this morning that Staiger, a freshman guard from Baulstein, Germany, has been declared ineligible by the NCAA, pending appeal.
    According to the story, the German club Staiger played for — considered by that country’s government to be a non-profit, amateur entity — was recently considered professional because of the compensation received by two of his teammates.
    Again, not because of anything Staiger did or didn’t do. Because his club team essentially hired two ringers, the kid suddenly became classified as a ‘pro’ player.
    Which begs the question: So how is that any different than what’s alleged to have been happening at Duke the last, say, 18 years?
    By that logic, anyone who played with Reggie Bush at Southern California should be considered ineligible immediately. According to an investigative report by Sports, Bush, now a star running back with the New Orleans Saints, and his family allegedly received a slew of ‘extracirricular’ benefits while he was playing for the Trojans.
    And how is a repeat offender such as Sampson still allowed to coach in the college game, let alone at a hallowed program such as Indiana’s? While working at his previous job, at the University of Oklahoma, an investigation found that he made 577 impermissible phone calls while coaching the Sooners. The Hoosiers, of course, knew this, and picked him over Steve Alford anyway.
    In May 2006, the NCAA prohibited Sampson from calling recruits and make off-campus recruiting trips for a year. So what happens in Bloomington? You got it. An assistant coach hooks Sampson up by phone to recruits via three-way calls.
    While that sounds like a clever and technically viable way to get around the rules, it turns out our man Kelvin was banned from making three-way calls, too. And here’s the kicker: It didn’t happen just once. According to a university investigation, there were 10 such calls. Which, given how schools report their own attendance numbers, means it was probably closer to 40 or 50.
    Indiana lost a scholarship. Sampson got slapped on the wrist. Meanwhile, Staiger, apparently an unknowing and unwilling accomplice to a crime he had no intention of committing, remains in limbo. When it comes to college sports, hypocrisy is a four-letter word. One that starts with the letter ‘N.’
  2. CrossCyed

    CrossCyed Well-Known Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    Keeler does write some good stuff at times.
  3. ISUChippewa

    ISUChippewa Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    What !!???! Sean Keeler wrote an article taking Iowa State's side in something????!!? If you read most people on this board, he's nothing but a Hawkeye homer and Cyclone hater who wants to nuke Ames off the face of the earth!

    CYVADER Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2006
    the majority of his columns would lead you to believe so
  5. StLouisClone

    StLouisClone Well-Known Member

    Apr 16, 2006
    St. Louis
    It's not an article, just a blog. Very few people will even read this.
  6. cygrads

    cygrads Well-Known Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    Wells Fargo Home Mortgage
    Altoona, IA
    He used the Staiger situation to highlight his hate for Sampson becuase IU will end up making life rough for his Hawks.
  7. Cyclonepride

    Cyclonepride Thought Police
    Staff Member

    I have to give him credit when he does well, because I'll certainly slam him when I think he didn't.
  8. ISUChippewa

    ISUChippewa Well-Known Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    He used the Staiger situation to highlight his hate for Sampson becuase IU will end up making life rough for his Hawks.

    And we wonder why they call us the greatest conspiracy theorists in college sports.....

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