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ACC Roundup - Louisville Gets The Bill

And the tab could be steep

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Louisville heard from the NCAA Monday about the misdeeds under former coach Rick Pitino and it went about as well as you might expect.

There was one level-one violation and three level-twos.

The level one, the most serious, is about Brian Bowen and how Louisville and Adidas managed his recruitment.

According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, “[t]he level-two violations allege more impermissible contact and transportation with the recruit and those around him, and failure by coaches, including former head coach Rick Pitino, to promote an atmosphere of compliance.“

In the modern post-UNC scandal fashion, Louisville is going to be aggressive with the NCAA.

Speaking of UNC, the Tar Heel athletic department received its largest gift ever, big enough for the school to rename the football field the Chris Smith Field.

It’s a bit of a missed opportunity. They might have taken the opportunity to leave the stained Kenan name behind (as we have discussed frequently since learning of this, Kenan Stadium was originally named for William Kenan, Sr., who was an active participant in the Wilmington Resurrection, during which he manned a machine gun and reportedly gunned down many African-American citizens). It would have been a smart move although certainly unpopular with the powerful Kenan family.

This is what Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz had to say: “Eddie [Smith] and his family have made a difference on every corner of our campus, and by extension our state, nation and world. This gift builds on an already remarkable legacy of generosity and leadership.” So why not kill two birds with one stone?

In Winston-Salem, Steve Forbes is winning over Danny Manning’s players. Latest two to reconsider their transfers: Ismael Massoud and Ody Oguama. That puts him up to eight players which isn’t enough but at least a good start.

Big fish still out there: Oliver Saar.