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Breakfast with Kent – Pacers with another day off; Indy Eleven & Cubs win; names back on IU Football jerseys

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Why the hell was Will Wade reinstated by LSU; What’s a guy have to do to get fired?

Will Wade is back on the job at LSU – which says a lot about LSU.

It’s impossible for a reasonable person to read the transcript of a phone call recorded by federal wiretap between LSU head basketball coach Will Wade and shoe company pimp Christian Dawkins and not conclude Wade was at least aware one recruit was being paid to commit to the Tigers.

Here’s the most damning part of the transcript as reported by Yahoo Sports:

“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade continued. “It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”

Dawkins responded by saying, “Hmmmm.”

“It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer,” Wade continued. “Hell of an offer.”

Wade was suspended in early March after he refused to answer questions from his employer about the transcripts and allegations of NCAA rules violations.

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LSU released a statement regarding Wade’s reinstatement:

“The University regrets that Coach Wade did not choose to fulfill his obligations to LSU when he was first asked to do so. However, the seriousness of the allegations and Coach Wade’s prior refusal to refute them could not be ignored without exposing the University and basketball program to great risk. Protecting LSU and preserving our integrity must always be our first priority. Coach Wade’s explanations and clarifications offered during the meeting, absent actual evidence of misconduct, satisfy his contractual obligation to LSU.”

Smells like a team of lawyers wrote the statement rather than a boss who believes in his employee.  Makes you wonder you runs the university and what priorities are most important to a supposed educational institution.  The lesson here is, “win, deny, cash checks!”

If you’re mystified as to how the transcript of Wade talking to Dawkins doesn’t serve as proof of misconduct, you’ve got company – a lot of company.

Some will blame the NCAA for not acting decisively against Wade and LSU in light of the transcript, but the NCAA should only be the last line of authority in determining whether rules were broken.  The fault at this moment lies at the slimy feet of LSU president F. King Alexander, who is happy to delegate discipline of his employee to the NCAA.

As a result of the reinstatement, LSU appears to be an institution more focused upon wins than integrity.  LSU just concluded its most successful basketball season since a 1981 run to an SEC Championship and trip to the Final Four.

This was Will Wade’s second year running LSU’s program, and the speed of the rebuild has been stunning.  In 2016-2017, the Tigers finished 10-21 overall with a 2-16 record in the SEC.  This year – 28 wins and 18-2 in conference.

Draw your own conclusions.

Breakfast with Kent – Tiger grinds to Green Jacket; Pacers offense grinds to halt; Rossi wins LBGP

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Lester Quinones wants you to know he’ll visit IU on April 24-26, and he wants you to turn him up

I don’t like hypists, and Lester Quinones appears to be a hypist.  The above tweet from Quinones represents a pre-college basketball player who’s quite fond of himself.

Services like 247 Sports and ESPN have Quinones ranked anywhere between 60th and 90th in the 2019 high school class.  He’s been offered by schools like Illinois, Xavier, Maryland, Memphis, and Ohio State.

Because of the graduations of Juwan Morgan and Evan Fitzner, the early NBA entry of Romeo Langford, and the transfers of Jake Forrester and Clifton Moore, Indiana has three scholarships to play with.

Quinones is supposed to be a very good shooter, and Indiana needs shooting.  He might fit exceptionally well.

I have a problem with self-important people trying to cash checks their talent has yet to demonstrate an ability to cover.  Doesn’t matter the business or age of the braggart.  Chest thumping bugs me, and Quinones seems a chest thumper.

Indiana hasn’t been consistently great for a quarter century, but it’s prouder than a program that needs a high school kid – no matter how good – to save it.

The image to the left is from his Twitter profile.  Two thoughts immediately come to mind.  I’m not sure Lester knows what “Effortles” might communicate, and the crown over his pic might be just a bit much.

I like confidence – quiet confidence.  The louder the confidence, the more likely it reps insecurity instead of true belief in one’s self.

I need to allow for the possibility that Quinones is a really good kid with a little idle time and a flair for driving traffic to his Twitter feed.  After all, here I am carping about a kid who projects as a good role player.  Maybe he’s just clever and mischievous, and I’m biting at the bait.

My advice to him would be to backpedal from he self-proclaimed status as a monster recruit.  Stay under the radar until your game is sharp enough to make it impossible.  Enjoy being a kid.  Don’t rush to fame because it can suck.

Knowing that IU fans will not hold a parade if you commit.  At Indiana, parades are for National Champions.  Just because 32 years have passed since the last one doesn’t mean Hoosiers have forgotten who they are.

Hang a banner, and then put a crown on top of the entire roster.

This is Indiana, you know.

Breakfast with Kent LIVE from Indianapolis Int. Airport! Pacers getting ready; Cubs win; Tiger & Phil in hunt at The Masters

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