by Tre Baker  on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 9:08 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

No official notice of inquiry has been filed and any potential slaps on the wrist would likely not take place until next year's March Madness. But, Duke University and its revered coach, Mike Krzyzeweski, are "seeking clarification" on a recruiting rule.

We know how our four-year-old often "seeks clarification" when we catch her pinching peppermints out of the back of the refridgerator. The issue at hand is described by Andy Katz of ESPN.com:

Forward Alex Poythress, a 6-foot-7 player in the class of 2012 from Clarksville, Tenn., called Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday night after his Georgia Stars AAU team was eliminated from the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando.


The Georgia Stars were playing in the AAU nationals at the same site but that tournament did not start until Wednesday, so technically he wasn't involved in a tournament at the time the phone call took place. Yet Duke is inquiring with the NCAA to see if it doesn't matter if the recruit is still on the road.

It's one of those rules you'd be willing to bend in any other case, but the NCAA has remained deadset in its black-and-white interepretation of the rules. If you're going to let Duke get its way with this, does this mean all schools can wait until a recruit is on the road in the vicinity of a tournament to talk to him?

It's like when the four-year-old sits on the couch with that peppermint, the two-year-old says he's ready for a snack before dinner as well.



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