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Jay Bilas to do some investigating

Posted on: January 28, 2011 3:26 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2011 3:29 pm

Posted by MATT JONES

You thought you had heard the last of Enes Kanter until NBA Draft day, didn't you?  Well unfortunately for all of us, you were wrong. It turns out that some basketball analysts are as personally invested in this story as the most passionate Kentucky fan ever could be. Such is the case for ESPN's Jay Bilas, who is apparently going to do some investigating into the University of Washington's recruitment of Enes Kanter. In his blog for, Bilas said that he wants to investigate whether current NCAA President Mark Emmert knew about the Huskies' recruitment of Kanter while he was the President at Washington. 

Bilas is likely taking exception to the bizarre public comments made by Emmert in the days following the NCAA's ruling on Enes Kanter. In an interview with CBS Sports' Seth Davis, Emmert said the fact that "very few schools recruited" Kanter meant that everyone knew he was likely to be ruled ineligible. The logic was tenuous enough standing alone, but was even more puzzling considering that one of those schools was actually Washington, which recruited Kanter while Emmert was its President.

After some writers noticed the discrepancy, Emmert again talked to Davis and said that he wasn't involved in who the basketball team recruited while at Washington and thus didn't have knowledge of the Kanter issues. Maybe so. But Bilas obviously thinks something may be amiss in the explanation and is out to do some investigating of his own to find out what Emmert knew and when he knew it.

It is somewhat odd to see one of the most public faces of college basketball so openly take on the NCAA President. However Bilas is not alone on this train as his colleague Dick Vitale recently said on a game broadcast that if Kanter had gone to Washington, the NCAA would have ruled him eligible. The blatant allegation of a double standard was surprising enough when said by Vitale, but then for Bilas to openly suggest that he doesn't believe Emmert's public statements on the subject...well that is somewhat shocking.

Where all this will end up is still anyone's guess. But for NCAA President Mark Emmert's sake, one would hope that the most embarassing part of the entire mess was his initial admission that he lacked institutional control over his previous employer's basketball program. That is eyebrow-raising enough. If we find out that he lied about his previous knowledge level, well that would be much worse. We shall see what, if anything, Bilas finds.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Apr 22, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 3:10 am

Jay Bilas to do some investigating

With Jay Bilas , Dick Vital  and a few more start questioning Emmert and the NCAA about the rulings and why some are ruled one way and others are ruled another way then it may get hot at the Headquarters of the NCAA.   The NCAA is a Non-Profit Organization  and their books need to be checked and see where all the money they tale in is going.  If their books are like the rulings then we know they are corrupt.

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2011 10:32 am

Jay Bilas to do some investigating

You're 100% correct- university presidents have an enormous responsibility and more than likely they shoul not stay abreast of either football or basketball recruiting- BUT with that said are you going to try to tell me before emmert made his somewhat infamous statements to Davis that he couldn't or shouldn't have done some research and learned just what a moron he would appear to be for not knowing his former employer took a committment from a KNOWN PROFESSIONAL( at least according to him)? PLEASE!!!

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:08 pm

Jay Bilas to do some investigating

Are they saying that the President of a university is supposed to know every recruit of every program?  Don't they have a university to run?  I seriously don't see how a President of a major university not knowing every athlete recruited would constitute lack of institutional control.  Please stop with all the drama queens around this story. 

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2011 3:48 pm

Jay Bilas to do some investigating

Unfortunately? I look forward to watching this smear campaign of Emmert and the NCAA drag out as long as possible. Kanter's ineligibility legit or no; the inconsistency between the cases of Cam Newton, Josh Selby, the Tattoo Five, and Enes Kanter is a mockery.

Since: Jan 28, 2011
Posted on: January 28, 2011 3:43 pm

Jay Bilas to do some investigating

The fact that Bilas is willing to do this speaks volumes about the absurdity of the entire deal. While he usually speaks positive about UK, he is as unbiased as they come. As a UK fan, I commend him for wanting to know more, and for attempting to call the NCAA's bluff. If more sports media figures had the scruples that Bilas does, I wouldn't watch games with the TV muted.

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