Is Wall’s back against a wall?

October 23, 2009

The word on the street, or at least from ESPN and the LHL,  is that John Wall could be looking at an NCAA suspension over questions regarding his amateur status.  The same fate faces Mississippi State’s top freshman, Renardo Sidney.  

Wall’s eligibility quandary stems from his former coach, Brian Clifton, who allegedly was a certified agent while also serving as Wall’s coach.  And according to at least one blog, no actually two blogs  this is apparently not new news.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn told ESPN.com that “The line in the sand is if an agent or whatever they want to call themselves was marketing an individual student-athlete or prospective student-athlete based on their athletic abilities. If so, there are potential issues.”

Penalties can include Wall being required to pay back any “expenses” or being suspended from a certain percentage of games. 

Just what would he have to pay back?  Someone tell me.  I haven’t a clue.  But I am curious.  Apparently, in 2005 UK’s Randolph Morris’ was suspended from 14 games after he associated with a sports agency during a failed attempt to enter the NBA Draft. 

So, what kind of card games get played with these “agents?”  Give me some of the gossip, innuendo, anecdotes, rumor –or better yet — true stories of the things that go on.  I wanna know! 

This is the kind of stuff that reeeeeeally gets me going.

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