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Apparently according to TOS, it was the UT's compliance office that might've "botched" this entire deal with Kabongo.
According to their report, Myck lied to UT compliance officials, NOT to the NCAA interviewers (this backups Barnes comment above). They say Barnes is furious because the UT compliance office did not contact Barnes and his staff BEFORE they interviewed Myck. And apparently UT officials did not council Myck about what would happen if he did not tell the truth. Sounds like that if the UT compliance office had just talked to the basketball staff, then everyone could've gotten on the same page, and Myck's suspension would've only been 3-10 games. Of course, this doesn't excuse Myck lying initially to UT officials, but if the UT compliance office would've been a little smarter about handling this, then Myck would be already playing.
In Barnes' released statement, he says that Kabongo did NOT lie to NCAA investigators...therefore you can assume that he lied to UT officials initially.
Wow...who's side is the UT compliance office on? Why in the hell would they not want to get all the facts straight before reporting to the NCAA?
If whoever is running the show at the UT compliance office just picks up the phone and calls Barnes in the first place, then the truth probably would've come out from day 1.
Absolutely ridiculous. How do you not clue in the basketball staff and help the kid out before throwing his case to the wolves?
Our Athletics Department is a complete trainwreck.
There is way too many employees working at the UT athletic department. There is so much money for too many people and they just don't do their job. True bottom line Myck screwed up 2 ways but if this story is true the athletic department should share the blame. Last point how can any fan defend Dodds any more?
"Leadership is wisdom, courage and great carelessness of self"
My attention wandered after "Myck lied to UT compliance officials".
About where I come out.
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He's a 19 year old kid. He's clearly in the wrong. I just wish he would've received at least some type of counsel to understand his options.
I wonder if Myck were a football player some people would feel differtly about the truth and the handling by the AD?
Just keep collecting those checks athletic department.
I get this pov, and agree that he shouldn't have lied no matter what, but......a coach could have explained that it was a minor issue that could easily be resolved, and that telling the whole truth is the right route to take.
He is a 19 yr old kid that knew he screwed up and had no guidance on how to handle the situation. In the real world at least counsel would be appointed.
Typical bureaucracy. But our complete trainwreck bureaucracy.
Like it or not, the primary job of the compliance office is to protect the University, not the individual athletes. I'd say they did their job. There has not been a single report on this situation that has cast any aspersions on the University of Texas, the basketball team, or Coach Barnes.
Lying always ends up causing bigger problems than people were facing to begin with. Add to that the fact that the internet and the general availability of information makes it almost impossible to hide the truth forever, and you have a recipe for what happened to Kabongo. If he lied to Texas officials, I don't think it is their job to see through the lie and try to fix it.
When people suggest that things could have been handled differently, what they really mean is that the suspension could have been less if, in hindsight, something was done in another way. Had Kabongo been forthcoming from the get-go, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
Nobody to blame but Myck. You can try putting it elsewhere but it doesn't fit
If he truly didn't have any legal representation I think he was put in a sorry situation from the get go. I agree that lying is never a justifiable defense but when your talking about a kid's amateur and professional career, seems like he should have the right to an attorney or at least a knowledgable member of the athletic department, if there is such a thing.
Is the UT compliance office a direct EXTENSION of the NCAA enforcement office? If so, then they did the right thing.
However, I don't think they are. The UT compliance office works for UT, and should've gathered all the facts from Kabongo, Barnes, everyone involved first before calling the NCAA.
He needed counseling at 19 to understand, "Don't lie to the UT Compliance Office", or that "Tell the truth" was an option?
Another good point. I addition the way this was handled if I am Barnes I am thinking the AD etc believes I may be involved in the breaking of the rules.
It's good to have some representation that can clarify the ramifications of what is going on. Yes.
Someone needs to get fired!
Right now, some fans will blame Texas Athletics for every malfeasance under the sun. Pretty pathetic.
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100% true. You're just seeing a sad Aggie side of our fan base coming out. "something bad happened, so it must be somebody else's fault".
In the process of gathering all the facts, Kabongo lied to them. They may be bureaucrats, but I don't think they are supposed to have magic lie detecting ability. No matter how you want to come at this story, it always comes back to Kabongo telling a lie. Nobody could have fixed that.
I had a job at 19. When a co-worker or boss asked me a question, I knew not to lie.
The intent to cover up - at any level, at any time and to anyone - is the issue.
At the same time, should Texas have communicated better between its coaches and compliance and this all could have been avoided? It sure sounds like it.
But it still doesn't absolve the player for lying to anyone or skirting NCAA rules he likely knew of in the first place.
Who has said anything about absolving Myck of anything?
As an attorney this smacks of malpractice on the part of Belmont, just as it would on a lawyer who multiplied the punishment of his or her client. If a client lies to me I don't run to the prosecutor and tell them about it.
It's baffling why so many of y'all constantly excuse each and every misstep of a terribly run organization. And the excuses are getting to be bizarre.
This post was edited by cain78749 16 months ago
Cleve Bryant was given the absolute best legal representation from the university during his process...he was still found to have committed the acts he was accused of, but had representation from the university
Why shouldn't a current athlete be afforded the same benefits? No reason the Texas compliance office to not have a representative set for MK @ the outset of this issue
MK & TT's actions caused this problem...that does not justify throwing MK to the wolves without adequate representation
This post was edited by mcb0703 16 months ago
Excellent point and I would like to see a response for those over critical of Myck
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