You work for a major national company for 11 years in a regional office. You probably don’t expect to get any attention from the very high rungs of the company. One day, the CEO of said company wants to talk to you — not about you, but about your son, who happens to be very good at basketball. This is the scenario that has the NCAA investigating John Calipari’s program at Memphis after FedEx’s CEO called one of his employees, who happens to be the mom of a prized recruit (hat tip to THE BIG LEAD.)
FOX SPORTS’ Jeff Goodman has the skinny on the violation, which the university reported to the NCAA, as David Bronczek is not just FedEx’s chief, but a major booster to Memphis’ athletic programs.
MAYBE HE WAS JUST ORDERING BURKAS FOR HIS G-FRIEND? Strange story out of North Dakota today, as the BISMARCK TRIBUNE reports that the North Dakota College Of Science is facing a $47,000 phone bill rung up by a former basketball player at the school.
The former player, Algerian Touhomi Ghazoul, is “accused of using a school-issued calling card for unauthorized calls“. The Algerian made 395 calls to several countries over a two month period at $9.80 per minute. In one day during the billing period, he made 23 international calls.More: “Ghazoul had strict instructions to use the (calling card) number only to ‘check in’ while the player was at a basketball camp in Oklahoma, and he was to destroy the number when he returned to Wahpeton (ND).”
The best part: After the school reported the calling card charges to the National Junior College Athletic Association in September, “the NJCAA ruled the Wildcats ineligible for the postseason this year and Ghazoul was indefinitely barred from competition.”
We can’t decide what’s most indicative of mental illness:
1) A tiny North Dakota school giving a stray Algerian a basketball scholarship
2) A basketball coach giving a stray Algerian an international calling card to “check in” from Oklahoma
3) A stray Algerian make 395 international calls in two months at $10 per minute
4) Sitting and watching Colin Cowherd’s AM radio show webcam (yes, there actually is one):