- Just-forged Israel-Hamas cease-fire ends in rocket fire
- Obama military downsizing leaves U.S. too weak to counter global threats, panel finds
- Sen. Tom Coburn vows to slow down budget-busting bills ahead of recess
- Obama fantasizes about more executive power, signs new order on federal contractors
- Clintons call Klein, Halper, Kessler ‘a Hat Trick of despicable actors’: report
- Boehner accuses Obama of ‘legacy of lawlessness’
- Pro-marijuana group claims responsibility for Brooklyn Bridge flag swap
- Young adults shun Obamacare mostly due to cost: survey
- Stabbing attack on transgender girl, 15, was ‘bias motivated,’ police say
- LGBT adults still lean overwhelmingly toward Democratic Party
NABC tells coaches NCAA will nix Pump Foundation
Question of the Day
KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - The National Association of Basketball Coaches said Friday this will be the last year its members can have financial relationships with the Harold Pump Foundation, a charity run by basketball power brokers David and Dana Pump.
The brothers are well known in college basketball circles, sponsoring camps and summer leagues. The NABC, however, said the NCAA has barred financial links in this area, expressing concern about “funneling of money” issues in men’s basketball recruiting.
“There are foundations that have been formed to create funding mechanisms for summer programs, for club teams as a means of soliciting funding,” Haney told The Associated Press. “One of the things that’s occurred, directly or indirectly, is college coaches have felt pressured to contribute to those funds _ `You fund it, you’ll have access to the players that I control.’”
Calls to Double Pump Inc. in Westwood, Calif., were not immediately returned. Yahoo! Sports reported Friday that the NCAA has also adopted legislation shutting down a coaching search company operated by the Pumps called ChampSearch. Tennessee reportedly retained the company before hiring Bruce Pearl as head coach of its men’s program.
“What are Dana and I supposed to do?” David Pump told Yahoo! Sports. “Of course I’m very disappointed. Dana and I work our whole life to build our business, and people are doing things like this. Don’t you think theyre being a little unfair?”
The NCAA’s new rules on the subject bar schools and staff to pay a consulting fee “to an individual associated with a prospective student-athlete or to a consulting firm in which an individual associated with a prospective student-athlete has a proprietary or financial interest.”
The NCAA did not immediately return calls Friday. Its director of basketball enforcement, LuAnn Humphrey, told Yahoo! Sports there were concerns about a conflict of interest.
“We are going to be concerned about the structure of any business who would potentially meet that definition (of being associated with prospects),” she said. “If you have a consulting firm that is in some way tied to prospects _ some of the benefits or the monies could be going to prospects _ there is that conflict of interest. Is the person being hired because they have a connection to prospects? Or are they being hired because they are a search firm?”
The Kansas City-based NABC said “numerous athletic administrative and coaches” have attended the Harold Pump Foundation golf outing and fundraiser over the past decade. Haney said the NCAA ban doesn’t take effect until next year and coaches may attend the foundation’s fundraiser this year.
“There may be some guys who decide to attend. There may be some guys who choose not to attend,” he said.
Both parties recognize the Democrats' scam
- Inside the Ring: Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Israel surprised by Hamas tunnel network
- Obama military strategy too weak for future security, panel reports
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- EDITORIAL: For too many gays, 'tolerance' is a one-way street
- PRUDEN: Cooling the manufactured impeachment panic
- HUSAIN: Fleeing Iraqi Christians find safe haven at the Shrine of Imam Ali
- Feds accept boredom, lack of work as excuses for surfing porn on clock
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world