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An ESPN.com story Thursday brought into question, among others things, the relationship between the Indiana Elite AAU program, Bloomington-based A-HOPE program and Indiana.
Zach Osterman // IU Athletics beat reporter // Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ZachOsterman
Great story Zach. Thanks for posting this. Its a lot less confusing than the ESPN story.
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
Also FWIW These are a few tweet from Dustin Dopirak
Adams didn't deny most of what Fish reported. Perea received a laptop. He had flights home to Colombia paid for. He got free clothing.
What Adams is saying is that IU compliance and the NCAA were aware of what he was doing and were OK with it.
What Adams also said, though is the NCAA hasn't defined an acceptable role for non-profit organizations.
This Fish article is a joke.
There's no evidence, hard or soft, of wrong-doing from Indiana, but he namedrops Crean throughout the article, even putting pictures of Coach in the headliner.
There's no evidence other than hear-say of wrong-doing from Indiana Elite or A-HOPE, and even the conjecture that is provided is shady but completely legal (provided that Adams is Perea's Legal Guardian).
There's no evidence that provided that Perea received impermissible benefits, and following Dustin Dopirak of the HT's conversations with Coach Adams, it's clear that what was received was OK-ed by the NCAA.
The article reads like the journalist got a lead, muck-raked and found nothing, but still had a deadline to meet, so he wrote it anyway. It's a huge piece that simply casts doubt on it without providing any sort of hard evidence of wrong-doing, and in the process, quotes a Memphis coach on compliance related issues. Let me repeat that.
The author quotes Josh Pastner, coach of a Memphis program that had widely publicized connections to adidas and FedEx with the Reggie Rose deal and issues with several other recruits, to legitimize its argument on compliance.
This is a joke of an article. I thought that the A-HOPE thing was shady before, but after reading this article, I'm actually convinced that it's pretty well above ground in its legitimacy. If this guy took the time to research this for a headlining article and this was all he could come up with, we're in pretty good shape.
This post was edited by oxford collapse on 5/26/2011 at 6:00 PM
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