… and mention Jessel Curry by name. We need more Hammurabi as it pertains to governing these nefarious secondary violations.
You, by now, know all about Curry, which was probably part of someone’s well-crafted plan. He commits to West Virginia, but has a thing for the SEC. He gets invited to Auburn’s “Big Cat” weekend and is suddenly, uh, non-committal about his future. He then decommits from WVU and commits to Auburn.
Must have been a great “Big Cat” weekend, right?
Well, it was, even if it might have broken a few rules.
At least two NCAA bylaws may have been breached during the weekend.
Although NCAA rules (Bylaw 13.10.6) bar the introduction of visiting student-athletes during any function, videos of the event posted on two Web sites show the crowd cheering as the players are introduced by name, position and hometown. The man yelling the introductions does not appear on the videos, but assistant head coach Trooper Taylor is shown leading the crowd in cheers immediately after the introductions.
Introduction of student-athletes would be a secondary violation and would not affect the athletes’ eligibility.
NCAA Bylaw 13.10.5 prevents schools from publicizing an athlete’s visit or allowing the visitor to “participate in team activities that would make the public or media aware of the prospective student-athlete’s visit to the institution (e.g., running out of the tunnel with team, celebratory walks to or around the stadium/arena, on-field pregame celebrations).”
So what’s this all mean? Apart from the fact a couple of kids had a blast amid a stunning amount of attention and publicity and learned a prospective coach is a little bit of rebel who just might be a fun guy to be around the next few years, absolutely nothing.
Even if Auburn does find itself guilty of — cough, cough — a “secondary violation” or two, there won’t be a penalty. The NCAA will just tell the school to try not to mess up again. But messing up and saying you’re sorry is now just another way of SEC life, and not necessarily an unprofitable way.