Kofi Cockburn to miss first 3 games of season

#129      
Dick Vitale, sober voice of reason and clarity. That's a description never thought I would write.
In his defense, he has always been a fan of the Fighting Illini. But yeah I get your point, and it was nice to see him take to social media and rip on the NCAA with his defense of Kofi. My heart might even have a little more softer side for Vitale now that he's battling cancer. He's been insufferable at times during his time behind the camera, calling games for Dook and being such an irritating homer and a blabbering buffoon in the process. So it's good to see him defending our beloved Illini.
 
#132      
I did not even look at the prices. Pretty steep…. Maybe an NIL with Kofi already?
Fans need to be conscious about these things now, don't buy anything with a players NIL that the player doesn't directly profit from (I'm not sure this is the case for the #freekofi shirts). The sellers need to be aware as well else lawyers might start getting involved, and the athletic department should probably have someone on staff keeping an eye out for this type of stuff to help the players.
 
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#133      
I'm ok with the 3 games.

Kofi made a honest mistake (NBA/thought he would not return), before NIL was enacted. It's early in the year, and it does not need to drag out for months/years. 2 weeks from now this is all gone and a NCAA ruling will not be looming.

I am personally tired of people in saying it is "not fair" about a lot of things in general. Kofi is an awesome person that works hard, and this with be a "non event" for him personally. Go Illini & Go Kofi !!!
 
#134      

Epsilon

M tipping over
Pdx
Is it wrong that when I read this, my first emotion was relief that it’s only 3 games?
It’s kind of like backpacking and taking trains through former Soviet countries. At some point you’re going to get nailed with some bogus fine for some arbitrary rule in a country run by an authoritarian and/or beaurocratically nightmarish regime. On one hand, you’re thinking this is total BS. On the other hand, you’re just glad they picked a number just small enough to be a nuisance rather than truly painful. And that’s intentional too, because if they hit you too hard then you complain. But the difference is that at least you know that the people issuing under the table fines are doing so just to put food in the table, whereas this has no meaning or purpose whatsoever.
 
#136      
It’s kind of like backpacking and taking trains through former Soviet countries. At some point you’re going to get nailed with some bogus fine for some arbitrary rule in a country run by an authoritarian and/or beaurocratically nightmarish regime. On one hand, you’re thinking this is total BS. On the other hand, you’re just glad they picked a number just small enough to be a nuisance rather than truly painful. And that’s intentional too, because if they hit you too hard then you complain. But the difference is that at least you know that the people issuing under the table fines are doing so just to put food in the table, whereas this has no meaning or purpose whatsoever.
Took the train down to Athens
And I slept in a fountain
Some Swiss junkie in Turin
Ripped me off for my cash
Yeah, I'll search the world over
For my angel in black
Yeah, search the world over
For a Euro-trash Girl

The CRS on the metro
Shook me down for a bribe
On my knees for the sergeant
When my passport arrived
Yeah, I'll search the world over
For my angel in black
Yeah, I'll search the world over
For a Euro-trash Girl
 
#137      

Epsilon

M tipping over
Pdx
Took the train down to Athens
And I slept in a fountain
Some Swiss junkie in Turin
Ripped me off for my cash
Yeah, I'll search the world over
For my angel in black
Yeah, search the world over
For a Euro-trash Girl

The CRS on the metro
Shook me down for a bribe
On my knees for the sergeant
When my passport arrived
Yeah, I'll search the world over
For my angel in black
Yeah, I'll search the world over
For a Euro-trash Girl
Didn’t expect to see any Cracker references on this thread. A win for spontaneity today!
 
#138      

JJB

Chicago, IL
It’s kind of like backpacking and taking trains through former Soviet countries. At some point you’re going to get nailed with some bogus fine for some arbitrary rule in a country run by an authoritarian and/or beaurocratically nightmarish regime. On one hand, you’re thinking this is total BS. On the other hand, you’re just glad they picked a number just small enough to be a nuisance rather than truly painful. And that’s intentional too, because if they hit you too hard then you complain. But the difference is that at least you know that the people issuing under the table fines are doing so just to put food in the table, whereas this has no meaning or purpose whatsoever.

You really want to look on the bright side, at least we didn't ultimately hire Lamont Evans and get barred from the 2022 NCAA Tourney today. We dodged a major bullet there.
 
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#142      
You really want to look on the bright side, at least we didn't ultimately hire Lamont Evans and get barred from the 2022 NCAA Tourney today. We dodged a major bullet there.
Not only that, but the NCAA could have used the same logic it used against the program to punish BU. Thankfully they didn't (and I don't think BU did anything wrong but it honestly doesn't appear the OkSt athletic dept or anyone else other than Evans did wrong and they still got dinged)
 
#144      

sacraig

The desert
Speaking for myself, the manner in which he embraced the '89 team was enough to earn a very long leash.
Dickie V is obnoxious and his love of Duke and UNC (but especially Duke) only makes it more obnoxious. But, above all else, he just loves good basketball and is an equal-opportunity disher of praise on good teams and players, so I don't hate him. I just don't want to listen to him call a game.
 
#146      
Dick Vitale, sober voice of reason and clarity. That's a description never thought I would write.
Dickie V has had a soft spot for us ever since The Flying Illini that he named in 1989. Loved Henson and loved that team.

tangent does anyone have a link to the song “the Lou Doo” from then? It name checked Vitale.
 
#147      

altgeld88

Bethesda, Maryland
It’s kind of like backpacking and taking trains through former Soviet countries. At some point you’re going to get nailed with some bogus fine for some arbitrary rule in a country run by an authoritarian and/or beaurocratically nightmarish regime. On one hand, you’re thinking this is total BS. On the other hand, you’re just glad they picked a number just small enough to be a nuisance rather than truly painful. And that’s intentional too, because if they hit you too hard then you complain. But the difference is that at least you know that the people issuing under the table fines are doing so just to put food in the table, whereas this has no meaning or purpose whatsoever.
As someone who got shaken down by the police on a Krakow city bus in '94 for paying to pay a "baggage surcharge", I truly appreciate your keen analogy.
 
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Epsilon

M tipping over
Pdx
As someone who got shaken down by the police on a Krakow city bus in '94 for paying to pay a "baggage surcharge", I truly appreciate your keen analogy.
Let me guess, the fine was $10 without paperwork but the official fine was larger?
 
#149      
This is utterly ridiculous and is infuriating to me. Gonzaga's head coach drove drunk and was arrested for a DUI and was only suspended ONE game.
Kofi gets a 3 game suspension for just selling some signed jerseys or photos a month prior to NIL going into affect and to make it even more absurd the NCAA has the nerve to make Kofi give back all the money he made to a charity of his choosing. Kofi is being severely unfairly punished for just trying to make a living. I wonder if Zion had to pay back the $400,000 + dollars of money he made for playing at Duke for one season. Stuff like this always turns me off regarding NCAA college sports. The NCAA can rot in hell
 
#150      
This is utterly ridiculous and is infuriating to me. Gonzaga's head coach drove drunk and was arrested for a DUI and was only suspended ONE game.
Kofi gets a 3 game suspension for just selling some signed jerseys or photos a month prior to NIL going into affect and to make it even more absurd the NCAA has the nerve to make Kofi give back all the money he made to a charity of his choosing. Kofi is being severely unfairly punished for just trying to make a living. I wonder if Zion had to pay back the $400,000 + dollars of money he made for playing at Duke for one season. Stuff like this always turns me off regarding NCAA college sports. The NCAA can rot in hell
Few's suspension was self-imposed by Gonzaga. That way when the NCAA comes calling in 2025, they can show how much integrity they have.