“No, I don’t know what happened,” he said. “Lance’s situation, we heard the rumor of his lawsuit [the jeweler sued for back payment], we contacted our administration in late September, and they then contacted the NCAA, and what they’re doing is looking into it. … And we have to make sure we honor the integrity of that process in moving along, so that’s what I’ve tried to do, and that’s really about all I can say. That’s just the way it works.”
* Krzyzewski was asked about college basketball’s scores of offseason player transfers.
“We have more than ever and they’re not done in an equitable manner,” he said. “That creates some problems. Like we have a transfer, Rodney Hood [from Mississippi State]. He can’t play, and a number of transfers can play.”
Indeed, NCAA rules require transfers to sit out a year, lest they become annual free agents. But waivers are granted, and in true NCAA fashion, those rulings are maddeningly capricious.
“It’s a very touchy situation as to whether everybody should sit out or everybody should be eligible right away,” Krzyzewski said. “I’m not sure where I stand on that. From a player’s perspective, I think a player should be allowed to move like a coach.”
Krzyzewski attributed the transfer wave to the "one-and-done mentality," which, he said, has damaged basketball's relationship with the academic community. A two-year minimum before turning pro, Krzyzewski believes, would be much better.
What also concerns/irks Krzyzewski is that the NCAA prohibits transfers such as Hood from traveling to games with his team.
“When we go to Atlantis for our tournament, Rodney Hood will not be able to come,” Krzyzewski said. “Now, Rodney Hood has been at every practice, part of the scout team, he’s under scholarship, and all of a sudden we’re going to leave on Sunday night, he’ll be at school for a couple days, and we’ll be in Atlantis. We’ll come back during the Thanksgiving vacation. Where will he be? Does he stay? Who is responsible for him? It’s unbelievably wrong. It’s unbelievably wrong. And they should change it -- now. It’s unfair to those kids.”
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