In less than six hours, UConn and Kentucky will tip off the second of two Final Four match-ups in Houston. Jim Calhoun and John Calipari, two coaches who have hated each other for more than 20 years, will lead their squads in an effort to play for the National Championship Monday night. Unsurprisingly, talk about the actual game has quickly been overrun by news about recruiting violations — excuse me, more recruiting violations.
Calipari and Calhoun run programs that drive college athletics purists insane. Both coaches are no strangers to being accused of cheating, so they are certainly adept to handling any distractions that the latest news may cause leading up to Saturday night’s game. In any event, we’re not here to go into the details of the latest accusations. FOX Sports has an exclusive report about Kentucky that claims a former staffer made illegal contact with several recruits. The New York Times spoke with former UConn recruit Nate Miles, and Miles is claiming Calhoun lied to NCAA investigators and actually knew illegal benefits were being provided. The issue to me isn’t about the potential violations, but the timing of the release of the reports.