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Utah Hoops - No backlash expected for potential violation

Published October 8, 2012 2:14 pm
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The Utah basketball program is not expected to face NCAA scrutiny for a potential secondary violation, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.

In an interview on Sunday with KSL Channel 5, Utes hoops head coach Larry Krystkowiak was asked and answered a question directly pertaining to Jabari Parker, the top high school recruit in the country.

Parker, who is LDS, lists BYU in his top five. According to NCAA rules, coaches aren't allowed to mention a recruitable athlete specifically, unless he has signed with that school.

A source tells The Tribune that Krystkowiak doesn't consider Parker to be recruitable. The Utes have never offered Parker, nor has there ever been any interest in Utah on Parker's end. The extent of Krystkowiak's answer centered around the Utes having three teams in Parker's top five on the upcoming schedule.

The source says that Utah compliance has not heard from the NCAA, nor does it expect to. At most, Krystkowiak committed a secondary violation, which would not come attached with a major penalty. Krystkowiak, according to the source close to the program, considers it a non-issue.

With practice officially starting on Friday, Krystkowiak is on the road recruiting until Wednesday, and will not be made available for comment on the matter.

The Utes are waiting for a decision on Michael Williams, a 6-foot-2 point guard out of San Antonio Texas.

Tony Jones




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