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Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

Despite rampant misspellings in the media, Book Richardson's name is Emanuel--one m, one n.

If you read the dates and circumstances given in the actual complaint, it's almost certain that he passed $15k to Jahvon Quinerly (not Grimes, and not his mom). In fact, the complaint explains that his mom demanded more money from Book, apparently unaware that her son had already cashed in, or yes, maybe upset that he didn't get more.

Yeah, yeah, Lute is a Hall of Fame coach, all the respect in the world. But under his leadership, Jason Terry was busted taking money from an agent 20 years ago, and later Arizona was busted for what were admittedly relatively minor infractions, but there were penalties assessed and they did have to vacate victories and an NCAA tournament appearance, which punched a hole in Lute's consecutive NCAA tournament appearance streak.

The point is that college basketball has been corrupted by the enormous sums of money swirling around it for decades. It's a multi-billion-dollar industry in which the principal employees get paid nothing, ostensibly--a recipe for corruption if I've ever heard one.

This will turn out much like the steroid scandal in baseball. The open secret will become a painfully clear fact--cheating and corruption are business as usual, especially for the high end schools.

In order for this problem to really be addressed, the mighty must fall. Louisville is obviously down already, but Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, and yes, even the saintly and untouchable Puke University, must be exposed and punished. The truth must be revealed in order to find a way out of this mess. MLB did not address steroids until some of the best players of all time had been exposed and punished.

Very sad that Arizona appeared at the tip of this iceberg and a great guy like Book took the first blow. No doubt he did it to compete in a culture of corruption and impunity that was created by the big programs mentioned above (and many others) and tolerated by the NCAA, which had no interest in staining its own brand by prosecuting its own legends. In such a climate, it's not surprising that even good people like Book got sucked into the sewer in their efforts to compete at the highest level and win championships.

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Posted by skinnyman on 09/28/2017 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Have a Little Faith

Wonderful article! I forwarded it to several young people.
Mother of a lesbian young woman and a granddaughter also lesbian.
I will be visiting your church soon.
Thank you

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Posted by Peggy Wright Foster on 09/28/2017 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

so dd, you're the victim here? U of A basketball has and will continue to be great,
and....broaden your view, if embarrassment is the thing you choose to feel as an alum, meh!

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Posted by laddderflappy on 09/28/2017 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Danehy

I dare you to actually go visit a charter school in Tucson before you write another article that is so anti-charter school. My son attends a charter high school that has a location in mid-town and one in the Northwest, and no, it is not Basis. The kids/parents choose to attend for various reasons, but many need to have jobs, so a school that has two different sessions is helpful to their situations, they can go to school and then go to work in the early afternoon. Some kids don't like or fit into the traditional culture of a high school having, been bullied by other students (which is NOT tolerated at this HS) or the they just want to graduate asap since this is possible to do it at your own pace. There are also special needs kids that the public schools can't seem to find a place for (that's my situation) and they are a lot smaller and more adaptable then the public school. So get the chip of your shoulder and go beyond your hate of Basis and see what other low profile charter schools are all about, who they serve and why they are there.

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Posted by AZMom on 09/28/2017 at 9:53 AM

Re: “Danehy

Charter Schools is just another way for politicians to funnel public money into private coffers. They could care less about the education that students get. Charter schools allow the owners to continue funneling money back into the politicians re-election campaigns so that both parties continue to benefit from their mutual agreement. Also charter schools were devised by Republicans to get rid of or weaken the Teachers Union as well. Killing two birds with the same stone is a Republican trait.

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Posted by Beneal Good on 09/28/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Danehy

A few years ago I had a temp job at a charter school on Prince in which not one single teacher presented lessons to students. Packets were given to students who were interested in them, but most kids just sat around all day and talked with their friends. I've worked in numerous public schools as well, and almost every teacher I encountered was trying to do his or her best with the circumstances handed to them.

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Posted by Jamie Massey on 09/28/2017 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Can High School Athletes Take a Knee?

Wayne, we may thrive despite Trump's complete narcissism and inepititude. If he doesn't destroy the country first, or give the entire thing away to corporate financial greed.

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Posted by Frances Perkins on 09/28/2017 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Out With a Whimper

Dear Arizona,
Thanks for housing the anti-pot morons.

Sincerely, Oregon

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Posted by DeDe Johnson on 09/28/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

The U of A basketball team used to be great under Lute. Now we alum just get to be embarrassed.

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Posted by DeDe Johnson on 09/28/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Grijalva Arrested Protesting Trump's Immigration Policies

Grijalva is a Pied Piper who, along with other Left Wingers, is responsible for thousands of deaths of those who died illegally coming here, thousands of children who were sold into sexual slavery, hundreds of thousands who were raped, and ten million or more who now fear deportation.

Guess What?

For two decades, Grijalva's support for Pro-Raza Open Border policy, or "aiding and abetting, enticing and inviting or otherwise encouraging the illegal entry of Mexico's poor for economic and political exploitation" has created misery that is un-measurable in its dimensions, billions of dollars of extra profit for fat-cat republican employers looking to drive down the value of labor, and 95% of the case load (EMPLOYMENT) for the judges employed in Arizona's District Courts, for which they are GRATEFUL.

Read the Walrus and the Carpenter. Of course the Mexican poor are the young oysters who leave their oyster beds only to be eaten.

How else did Grijalva get so fat?

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Posted by KitWarden on 09/28/2017 at 8:56 AM

Re: “Danehy

"And if you can't satisfy that fake-ass board, that's like getting a D-minus from your mom when you're home-schooled." LOL

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Posted by Parent X on 09/28/2017 at 8:28 AM

Re: “Danehy

Define sacred public trust. This language indicates you are not genuine in seeking accountability, responsibility for waste of taxpayer dollars

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Posted by Grandma Suzy on 09/28/2017 at 6:55 AM

Re: “Congressman in Cuffs

Grijalva is a Pied Piper who, along with other Left Wingers, is responsible for thousands of deaths of those who died illegally coming here, thousands of children who were sold into sexual slavery, hundreds of thousands who were raped, and ten million or more who now fear deportation.

Guess What?

For two decades, Grijalva's support for Pro-Raza Open Border policy, or "aiding and abetting, enticing and inviting or otherwise encouraging the illegal entry of Mexico's poor for economic and political exploitation" has created misery that is un-measurable in its dimensions, billions of dollars of extra profit for fat-cat republican employers looking to drive down the value of labor, and 95% of the case load (EMPLOYMENT) for the judges employed in Arizona's District Courts, for which they are GRATEFUL.

Read the Walrus and the Carpenter. Of course the Mexican poor are the young oysters who leave their oyster beds only to be eaten.

How else did Grijalva get so fat?

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Posted by KitWarden on 09/28/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Have a Little Faith

What a fantastic article, thanks.

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Posted by bslap on 09/28/2017 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Congressman in Cuffs

What an embarassment: our Congressional representative arrested like a common criminal.
Let's face it, the only immigration policy Grijalva would support is automatic American citizenship for every Mexican citizen that requests it.

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Posted by bslap on 09/28/2017 at 6:32 AM

Re: “Danehy

This member of a two-parent white household loves our charter school. They have discipline, and dress standards, and high teacher-student ratio, and teachers who haven't been completely beaten down by the system. Those are all horrible things, I know. If we were proper liberals we should have our kids in the local 2,000 kid mediocre-or-worse high school. They could be part of a social engineering experiment by the pols on the TUSD school board.

* As always, full disclosure, I am that most evil thing in the world: a straight, white male.

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Posted by bslap on 09/28/2017 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

Good points Mike. I know I was a bit snarky earlier, it was just the language of the response that got me, That good old "We became award...." just felt a little too phony to me. A main item no one has gotten much into is Sean Miller. How long is he here for? Hard to believe a micro-manager like him could not have known. Not impossible, but.......So yeah, the whole program is in the deep end.
BTW, hearing Jim Calhoun express total shock about this and acting so sanctimonious was something to hear. When I lived in CT, his program was known as the "Dirty Calhoun".

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Posted by Kenneth Groves on 09/28/2017 at 4:53 AM

Re: “Danehy

In the countries where charter schools and tax vouchers are successful, there is strong central control and oversight, which is missing from the US versions. Great article in the Economist a few months back on this topic, one which lays out all sides of the argument. Netherlands has the number seven best educational system in the world and uses both religious and governmental schooling. The mix works only because of a strong oversight from their central government, something which Betsy Devos seems to miss. By the way, the Economist article gives the US a number thirty-seven rating. Ask yourselves where China and other competitors are before opening your mouth about how wonderful charter schools are.

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Posted by Russ Ty on 09/28/2017 at 3:57 AM

Re: “Why Teachers Are Leaving (And New Teachers Aren't Replacing Them)

What is "a preoccupation with reducing hours of instruction"? Would that be, perhaps, a valid concern with increasing the hours available during the school day for planning and grading? Most of the public school teachers I know are mothers with dependent children still at home. They are doing underpaid and undervalued work during the school day so they can do unpaid and unvalued "non-work" raising their own children afternoons, evenings, weekends, and summers. In this context, reducing hours of instruction would be a valid goal that would support increasing the quality of services delivered to students. Probably the relationship between this advocacy goal and quality of services would not be clear to a wet-behind-the-ears, earnest "I'm here to save the world" TFA or Teacher Corps recruit, but it is very clear to those of us who know first-hand the life circumstances of most teachers in the "still-a-ghetto" or "in-Arizona-even-more-a-ghetto-than-it-ever-was" profession of K-12 teaching.

(Very tired of the "from-on-high" commentary of male "educators" who portray themselves as heroes and get congratulated for how self-sacrificing they are when many or most of them do only part of the job their female colleagues do: most if not all of the women are doing the same amount of work during the school day AND the lion's share of the work of child rearing and household management at home. During the years when their children are growing up, most if not all of the female teachers I have known have literally had not a moment to themselves during any of their waking hours, year-in, year-out.)

Recommended reading for those baffled by the above comment: Rachel Cusk's A Life's Work, Chapter 7, entitled "Hell's Kitchen."

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Posted by P.S. on 09/27/2017 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Sports Scandal Rocks UA Basketball Program

After reading a lot of fine print and coverage from a number of sources, I have to warn Wildcat basketball fans that we're probably in for a long dry spell. Maybe not right away, depending on what else the FBI comes up with. But soon, because this isn't just about $20,000 and a player who won't come play for us next year. Nor about having a player who apparently accepted money and is already on our team. To put this thing in proper perspective, consider that Arizona and Miami were in a bidding war, apparently for, Nassir Little--espn's #14 recruit for 2018. Miami needed $150,000 to get him and a coach there had asked for that sum. Word was Little would probably attend Arizona because Adidas wasn't prepared to go more than $125,000. The player Book is alleged to have paid $15,000 is believed to be Quentin Grimes--espn's #13 recruit for 2018. If Grimes services could be bought with $15,000 paid to his mother, isn't it likely he got more from other sources? Something similar to what is said Little needed to commit. Arizona was probably in competition with Louisville for Brian Bowen (espn #14 for 2017) who is believed to have received $100,000 from Louisville (costing Rick Pitino his job). If Bowen was worth that much, how much might DeAndre Ayton (espn #3 this year) have been worth to UA? Not that I'm accusing Ayton of wrongdoing. I'm sure there are players out there who aren't accepting bribes to decide where they'll play. But it's the players who are the source of all the big TV money that allows these astounding salaries for assistant coaches, to say nothing of head coaches. Most of these kids don't come from wealthy homes. They risk their professional careers to injury every time they go on the court. It's hard to blame some of them who take an insurance policy if coaches, agents, shoe companies, and investment counselors are dangling the money in front of them. I hope I'm wrong, but it's hard to imagine that those who oversee Arizona's basketball and other profitable athletic programs aren't aware of college sports' black market. With the FBI hunting investigation continuing, our Wildcats are likely to see some players and personnel leaving the program and recruits with likely NBA futures no longer coming to play in Tucson. Remember the quality of basketball played here under Ben Lindsey? It could get worse--much worse.

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Posted by Mike Hayes on 09/27/2017 at 3:34 PM

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