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Did John Calipari and Kentucky commit a violation in recruitment of Trey Lyles?

Sep 16, 2012, 11:24 AM EST

John Calipari

As if the Kentucky-Indiana rivalry needed anything else to stoke the fire.

Trey Lyles, a Top-10 prospect from the Class of 2014, ended a long commitment to Indiana this summer. Not unheard of, obviously. Players decommit all the time.

But then came a report from Dan Dakich, radio host on Indianapolis’ ESPN 1070 The Fan, who said that sources told him that Lyles visited Kentucky in July, not only sticking it to Indiana, but also bringing up what would appear to be a recruiting violation.

According to NCAA rules, July is a “dead period,” meaning players cannot go to campus to meet with coaches and staff during that time.

Lyles’ father, Tom, has pushed back against Dakich’s report.

“[A visit on Sept. 1] was the first time ever,” he told the Louisville Courier-Journal. “…The only way he would have gotten there (another time) is if I would have taken him, and the last time I was on the campus of Kentucky (before Sept. 1) was in 1984.

“The accusations that (Dakich) put out there are totally uncalled for and totally untrue.”

“I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize this kid’s career, and I’m for damn sure not going to do anything to jeopardize his eligibility,” he went on to say.

The Lyles recruitment might see more headlines before we reach a conclusion, but there’s no doubt that the country’s best programs will be after him.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. mojo22046 - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    If Dak had information that Kentucky committed a recruiting violation, why did he choose to air this dirt on his radio show? To stoke controversy, stir animosity, hike his ratings? Seems like the more appropriate course of action would be to go through proper channels: notify the NCAA enforcement staff, which is located just up the road in Indianapolis, and let them look into the matter.

    If the NCAA finds that there’s something to it, then by all means, discuss it on your show. But if the NCAA finds that the sources are wrong or that nothing inappropriate happened, then Dak has caused a lot of trouble over nothing. Which I suspect is what he wanted.

    • florida727 - Sep 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      You couldn’t be more right. It’s nothing but an attempt to get his name (Dakich’s I mean) in the national media spotlight. Personally, I can’t stand Kentucky. Their fans are a bunch of arrogant @$$es. But if I had a son talented enough to play for Calipari, you better believe I’d listen to him. He’s not stupid. He’s not going to risk losing a top recruit by doing something that blatantly wrong. Dakich is an idiot.

  2. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Sep 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM

    He’s sloppy seconds.

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