Bumped. If the report in the Buzzfeed article linked below are true -- UCLA's conference championship form last season will be in jeopardy and there will be additional questions re. to what extent UCLA officials such as Dan Guerrero were aware of the situation around Shabazz Muhammad. If the report is true it would also brings up old questions about why Guerrero appeared to have kept Howland on for an extra year just to "save" the recruiting class featuring Muhammad. - BN EDs.
If a recruit (and/or the recruit's parents) walks like a trogan and talks like a trogan, perhaps UCLA should let the recruit go to the trogans.
That is the lesson for today.
According to an article on Buzzfeed, the father of former UCLA basketball player Shabazz Muhammad arranged for a $300K loan against his son's future NBA earnings. This information comes from filings by the Assistant US Attorney for the District of Nevada.
If true, this would potentially jeopardize last year's conference title and all games that Muhammad played in as a Bruin.
Let me make this as clear as possible: If this is found to be true, our basketball program should be penalized. Every victory Muhammad played in should be vacated immediately and the conference championship should be given up as well. And, that may not be enough.
The fact of the matter is that, prior to being cleared, everyone knew Muhammad was a one-and-done. However biased, the initial investigation that was eventually dropped may have been. That investigation was spot on. Muhammad was not an amateur while at UCLA and was not an amateur before "attending" UCLA.
What I find more embarrassing is how the UCLA Athletic Department went out of its way to get the NCAA to clear that guy. Just when you didn't think that Guerrero and Company could embarrass the four letters any more, we get this news.
Way to go, Dan! Please be sure to repay any bonuses you received for the basketball team winning the conference title.