Has Cliff Alexander's Legal Hire Signed Off?

  • I’ve a nagging suspicion that the Alexander legal procedings have not been completely abandoned. A year ago Cliff was marked down as a likely lottery pick. When the story broke about the family loan, then a family attorney was hired, it appeared that the NCAA and perhaps the Kansas athletic program might be treading very quietly and cautiously; and still are. I would not be at all surprised to see this situation evolve into future court determination, the case either standing alone or as an essential ingredient of a wider class action suit.

  • @REHawk

    I am not sure I follow what the legal case would be. The NCAA was doing what it is supposed to do to ensure a level playing field, so it has no liability that I can see. KU stopped playing him as soon as it was informed of the issue; Coach Self has the undisputed authority to play or sit a player as he sees fit without any explanation, so no liability there…

  • @JayHawkFanToo I’ve been wondering myself what culpability KU would have in the case. How is the school to know what the family is sneaking around and doing? As you said, as soon as KU was notified by NCAA that something might be amiss, HCBS glued Cliff’s butt to the pine and that was it.

  • @REHawk I respectfully disagree. The very last thing in the world Cliff wants is for any of this to see the light of day.

  • Well, in a legal sense, the most culpable party, of course, appears to be the “tricky” lending agency. The more than somewhat mysterious March, April, May, June silence by both KU and the NCAA on the issue just tends to alert my naturally suspicious nature, signaling that jurisprudence might still lurk actively in the wings. As I best recall, the only statement eventually coming from KU was Bill Self’s declaration several days ago that Cliff had been ruled ineligible by the governing body. I don’t recall reading anywhere that the NCAA fessed up to that specific ruling; only that an investigation was underway, which led KU to yank Cliff to the pine. Cliff was very silent, too, until his recent revelation that Mom had been tricked. Perhaps I am just warbling like a nitpicking nitwit here in the offseason halcyon days of our sport.

  • @REHawk

    I don’t know… I think it all matters how Cliff does from here on out. If he fails to land a NBA contract he could find a Duke attorney that goes after Kansas, saying they should have properly warned Cliff and his family members about possible situations that could endanger his college eligibility (leading to his NBA potential). Especially since he comes from an impoverished family. Get a case like that in a jury trial and Kansas would have a real battle on their hands, even if they did give Cliff and his family educational material warning them of possible issues. Corporations and institutions get sued every day and so many of these cases produce a healthy settlement. It is usually worth it to pay a fat sum of money upfront and avoid having to try to fix your PR later. Usually cheaper, too.

    I can already hear many of you doubting this. It is the world we live in, over-saturated in civil court and often under-saturated in criminal court, with the make-up coming from the poor in criminal court. The focus is on THE MONEY, and there is a lot more money to be made in civil court than criminal court. Follow THE MONEY!

  • I don’t see any court related stuff happening from this. A loan filing made by Cliff’s mom became public, the NCAA notified KU, KU sat Cliff as advised by the NCAA, the NCAA investigated as best they could, they never got a hold of what they needed to because they don’t have the ability to subpoena. There’s nothing more the NCAA can do unless the actual loan documents become public and that’s not going to happen by legal means.

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