“That obviously makes it worse if they received any money but it still may not impact whether the player will be deemed ineligible,” Jackson told the Montgomery Advertiser. “If they didn’t have knowledge of the scheme and didn’t receive money, that’s a mitigating factor where they have a path to student-athlete reinstatement.
“However, with the way that the NCAA Enforcement Staff and the Eligibility Center interprets this new definition of an agent, solicitation from a third-party source is enough for that individual student-athlete to be categorized as ineligible.”**Michael McCann, a sports attorney writing for Sports Illustrated, added this: “Instinctually, the NCAA might reason that it ought to punish those student-athletes. After all, violations occurred and the NCAA doesn’t want to be accused of overlooking punishments for some student-athletes while the NCAA punishes others. The NCAA could be depicted as hypocritical if it ignores the Justice Department’s allegations. “On the other hand, the NCAA’s entire system of amateurism is now under a microscope. Worse yet for the NCAA, those peering in are FBI agents and federal prosecutors…. “The NCAA might conclude that a more sensible approach in these circumstances would be to permit [Louisville’s Brian] Bowen and other players to play—at least until the federal cases play out. The NCAA could reason that it did not uncover the wrongdoing and will withhold judgment until the court system renders a verdict.” 2. COULD QUINERLY OPT TO PICK ANOTHER COLLEGE? Quinerly picked Arizona over several other schools, including Villanova, Seton Hall, Virginia and Stanford. It stands to reason, at this point anyway, that if he had chosen another school, he would be facing a totally different future than he is now. He has yet to sign a Letter of Intent with Arizona, with the early signing period set for Nov. 8-15. Technically, he could decommit from Arizona and pick another college, but everything mentioned above about eligibility concerns would still apply. And what college would want to get mixed up in that at this point?
3. COULD QUINERLY SUE ARIZONA? Here’s SI’s McCann on that option.
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“Yes, impacted players who lose NCAA eligibility could sue their universities. They would contend that university employees committed fraudulent acts, which in turn caused the players to lose eligibility and become implicated by a reputation-tarnishing scandal.“Universities are obligated to treat students in accordance with various contractual provisions, including provisions found in letters of admission, scholarship offers, codes of conduct and employee and student handbooks. If a university fails to adhere to such provisions, a student could sue the university for breach of contract. To that end, an impacted athlete might contend that he was owed certain procedural safeguards that are expressed in contracts for student-athletes. “This athlete might also assert that the university engaged in fraud and negligence by permitting an employee to commit crimes in ways that adversely impacted the athlete. Arguably, the university also invaded the privacy of the athlete by arranging for university employees or persons associated with the university to solicit influence from the athlete’s family members. “This athlete could then attempt to demonstrate damages by establishing how a lost year of basketball harms a player’s career. As another form of damages, player reputations can be badly denigrated by a corruption scandal. Indeed, any player associated with this scandal could later experience substantial difficulty in trying to land endorsement deals.
“In response, a university-defendant would contend that such claims are speculative. It would also assert that any wrongdoing occurred while university employees acted outside of the scope of their employment. Universities also know that courts are often deferential to universities.”4. COULD QUINERLY OPT TO PURSUE A PROFESSIONAL CAREER? There’s no doubt that Quinerly is a talented point guard with a high basketball IQ. He will more than likely play for money in the future, but he’s not considered a one-and-done talent. Quinerly could opt to play professionally and then work his way into back into the NBA Draft in a couple of years. Point guards Brandon Jennings, a onetime Arizona commit who is 6-1, and Emmanuel Mudiay, an SMU commit who’s 6-5, both played professionally overseas after they faced eligibility issues, and both were taken in the NBA Draft lottery. “Jahvon Quinerly is an intriguing point guard prospect, but in my eyes, he’s not a one-and-done candidate,” said Evan Daniels of Scout.com. “Talented, but would need multiple years of college.” What if college isn’t an option going forward? Could he go pro in the 2017-18 season as a high school senior, or in 2018-19 in lieu of his freshman year of college? “He could probably earn a check,” Daniels added. “I can’t imagine it would be a big one. Added one NBA agent: “It’s so hard to say. It’s tough for rookie point guards out of college, let alone out of high school, to run a team over there [in Europe]. I’m totally guessing but it could be [he earns] $75-$100K maybe, maybe. I don’t see anyone paying big money for these guys especially after this mess.”