Apparently it is time for the yearly reporting of NCAA violations and other wrong doings. Now I expect that at some point or another an over-eager assistant in any given sport is likely to do something they shouldn’t. I belief these are considered Level II violations and result in silly punishments like letters of reprimand or a day or two off the recruiting trail (can you say more time to analyze tape and fill out paperwork). Half the time I am guessing they don’t realize their actions are against the rules until after the fact or someone tells them so. Anyway, we had a few of these but no sports were listed except the oft discussed (at least on this site) Women’s Rowing Team. Lueck’s “relief of duties” was mentioned after some preferential treatment including lodging was given by the coach to a student. Gee, I wonder who was involved. The article also mentioned the coach was let go a day prior to a match on Lake Hartwell and two weeks prior to the ACC’s. No additional details were spoken about and the new coach coming from Louisville was quoted, and I am paraphrasing, that the infractions were not to a degree that the program would lose stability. I would love to agree but only time will tell on that one. Nice media sound bite though as most probably have no clue what all is/was going on.
What irks me is this: One, the sidebar headline read “Ex-coach committed violations.” Now this was on the ESPNU College Sports (I assume this is the page for most of the non-revenue sports) that I linked just by hitting the “ESPNU” link at the top of the college football page. Now, I wasn’t differentiating the sport types at the time, but I was still surprised to see this. I figured this was the story but they spoke a lot about this and didn’t mention anything about names, teams, sports, etc on any of the other violations. As we all know ESPN is a huge outlet. Had I not gone back to reference the other stories on this page, I could have easily been pulled in thinking they had Danny Ford on something from 20 years ago, or something screwy going on with the basketball team. Either way a Clemson fan, or rival fan looking for a talking point would easily pick up on a headline like this and run with it. This wasn’t something on page 6 of 5 in the Anderson daily newspaper. I’ll be interested to see how the whole saga shakes out but now that the media attention is a bit more widespread. I’m wondering if the ripples (no pun intended) will build more into waves instead of fading out as I thought they were.