Dick Vitale Curbstomps NCAA Prez Into Response

In an interview with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s Seth Davis this week, new NCAA President Mark Emmert couldn’t have been more forceful in supporting his organization’s decision to rule Kentucky basketball recruit Enes Kanter permanently ineligible to play basketball at UK.

Dick Vitale curbstomps NCAA president into response

Emmert to Davis:

“The vast majority of people in collegiate basketball knew that this was an issue with Enes Kanter. Kentucky knew it. Everybody who talked with him knew it. So I’m amazed that people are shocked by the fact that he is ineligible.”

If you have followed the NCAA over the years, you recognize the stunning, nearly unprecedented candor being displayed by a sitting NCAA President over a particular enforcement ruling.  So with that in mind, it’s no surprise that Emmert’s candor was most likely far from a coincidence.

On November 23, 2009, Todd Dybas of the SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER reported that Kanter had verbally committed to the University of Washington. In a long post extolling the virtues of Kanter’s on-court game by Dybas, there was no mention of the possibility that Kanter may have been facing NCAA eligibility questions. And if there were, obviously Washington, UCLA and USC were not overly concerned, as all three schools were in the running for Kanter’s basketball services at the time. (Kentucky later entered the picture, obviously.)

Kanter eventually de-committed from Washington a year later, which led Huskies Coach Lorenzo Romar to say at the time:

“You develop relationship with kids, and in your mind you have a vision with how it’s going to work with them in this program and how you’re going to help this kid develop and how they’re going to help you. Then, when that changes, it’s disappointing.

“When you’re recruiting someone and they’ve never committed to you and they go elsewhere, then that’s a part of what we do. But if someone does say, ‘I’m picking you, I’m coming with you and we’re getting ready to do this together from here on out,’ and then if they were to change their mind, it’s very disappointing.”

So Romar was indisputably still on Kanter’s trail up until the Turkish recruit’s decision to de-commit from Washington.

Now back to Mark Emmert’s statement about Kanter to Seth Davis this week:

“The vast majority of people in collegiate basketball knew that this was an issue with Enes Kanter. Kentucky knew it. Everybody who talked with him knew it. So I’m amazed that people are shocked by the fact that he is ineligible.”

Who exactly was the President of the University of Washington when the Huskies received their verbal commitment from Kanter? (And subsequently Kanter’s “very disappointing” de-commit?)

Mark Emmert.

But even with that intersection of what some may view as mere coincidence, why was Emmert so heated in defending his NCAA’s decision to render Kanter’s ineligible?

Enter Dick Vitale. Read more…

New Book: “People Thought Larry Bird Was Black”

CBS college basketball analyst Seth Davis has a new book out about the 1979 NCAA basketball title game between Magic Johnson’s Michigan State Spartans and Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores called “When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball.” I noticed one detail in a story on it in the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL that had me scratching my head. In the book, Davis claims that before Indiana State’s nationally televised home finale against Wichita State, “many people thought Bird was black.”

Larry Bird t-shirt

(I’m pretty sure he’s white.)

You can imagine that I was pretty skeptical of Davis’ claim. Then I read a quote:

“All the next week I got lots of calls from my friends back in Denver who saw the game,” said Bob Heaton, Bird’s roommate and teammate. “They couldn’t believe Larry Bird was a white guy.”

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Seth Davis Masturbation Expertise Goes To Waste On CBS Basketball Broadcasts

SETH BEATS OFF CRITICS DESPITE NO HOOPS CREDENTIALS: Seth Davis is one of the mainstays of CBS’ college basketball coverage, with a coveted spot in the main studio as an analyst, along with Greg Gumbel and Clark Kellogg.

Seth Davis Summer Camp

With that role and his gig as SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’s lead basketball writer, I took some time this week to look into the basketball credentials that elevated Davis to his rarefied position in the hotly competitive basketball media.I’m still looking.

The facts: Davis attended Duke, where he did not play basketball. After college, he was a sportswriter in New Haven, CT., for three years before being hired by SI. He’s also apparently dabbled in stand-up comedy (you’d never know that from his performance as CBS panelist).

Seth Davis

So Davis, who is charged with being one of the top two analysts for the biggest basketball event in the world, has no basketball background to speak of. None. Zero. BUT, he was a columnist for the Duke student paper, so maybe that counts for something.He has apparently written a book though (of course, not about basketball). “Equinunk, Tell Your Story: My Return to Summer Camp” looks to be a creepy tale about a 29-year-old Davis participating at Summer Camp with early teens. He did an interview about the book with something called Annabelle Magazine. Highlights:

Q. “One of the campers in 1985 set a record for eating 29 tacos at dinner. What on earth possesses boys to participate in eating and other “Who’s More Macho?” contests?

Seth Davis

Davis: “Actually, it’s worse–that was a counselor. To think, it was his job to take care of young boys for the summer! And that was a pretty benign story. You might recall that during the section on sex and masturbation, I mentioned that years ago a kid won a masturbating contest by finishing himself off in eight seconds. His name was Sammy, and for the rest of the summer the campers cheered “Sammy in Eight!” in the mess hall … “Q. “Based on your camp experiences, what do you think of kids these days? Are they growing up too fast? Or are they the same as they ever were?

Davis: “Kids are definitely much more promiscous now than they were when I was a camper. The girls especially are much more overt about availing themselves for things that I never imagined doing when I was 14 or 15. Of course there’s a part of me (and you can guess which part) that wishes I had that same opportunity at their age … “

Perhaps now we know why the book has a current Amazon.com sales rank of #1,187,355.

Davis’ book was published by something called Chandler House Press. The publishing house’s website is linked at the end of Davis’ columns on SI.com - but the link goes to a page touting “Mom Sex” and “Gays Sex”:

Seth Davis Gay Sex

So based on his non-existent hoops background, you would assume that, at the very least, Davis is a compelling figure in the CBS studio - displaying a sparkling personality and imparting insightful analysis.

Seth Davis YouTube

Well if the only two clips I found of him on YouTube are an indicator, I guess that isn’t the case either.

Seth Davis YouTube

Maybe when Davis gets around to talking about the masturbating habits of Butler, things will get interesting.