The 2010 title and the 35 wins for coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke could be vacated

Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski
Mike Krzyzewski

I brought this issue and the questions it raised up this past Friday.  From Andy Katz of ESPN.com:  “Duke’s staff didn’t know about Lance Thomas’ jewelry purchases or $30,000 cash payment in 2010, according to multiple school staffers. Duke will tell that to the NCAA to show that it wasn’t complicit with any of Thomas’ decisions. Of course being complicit would hit Duke. But not knowing what Thomas was doing doesn’t impact a potential eligibility ruling. Duke is seeking to find out information on the matter now that the lawsuit for the remaining $68,000 jewelry bill (he was given $67,800 in credit) is being pursued. Thomas doesn’t have to cooperate with the NCAA since he’s no longer a student athlete. But Duke better lean on him hard to do so. The NCAA and Duke need to find out where the money came from and whether he received special treatment. This case cannot be taken lightly and there are questions that need to be answered. The NCAA has long said it can retroactively rule a player ineligible (see Derrick Rose of Memphis). That means the 2010 title and the 35 wins for coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke could be vacated if Thomas were ruled ineligible. It’s a big if, but the lawsuit has opened the need for an investigation as to how Thomas could have made such grand purchases as a college senior. ”

 

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