A small collective sigh of relief escapes as the NCAA has finally ruled on the case of Nerlens Noel. After clearing Noel academically, the NCAA prolonged their investigation into the Kentucky freshman surrounding other activities surrounding his recruitment. The investigation boiled down to whether or not Noel received any kind of compensation or benefits during his recruitment process. The main topic of focus was Noel’s unofficial recruiting visits and how he paid for them. If he was to have received any kind of compensation or benefits, the NCAA would have stripped him of his amateur status and not allow him to play amateur basketball.
I admit, I was a little nervous when I heard about the allegations and how long the NCAA was taking with their investigations. You can’t blame a brother after the NCAA made Enes Kanter sit for the entire year during the 2010 season. Granted, those are two very different situations and I’ve tried to make that clear in other posts. The most important thing is that Nerlens Noel is a Wildcat, and is an amateur according to the NCAA.
Now that the Noel story is closed, I wonder how long till the NCAA will make rulings on the other questionable cases at hand. Shabazz Muhammad, Duke jewelry scandal, UNC academic scandal, anyone? Anyone? I didn’t think so.
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