Will the NCAA Investigate former Duke player Lance Thomas?

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    On Dec. 21, 2009, Lance Thomas, then a senior starting forward at Duke, walked into Rafaello & Co., a boutique jeweler on 47th Street in midtown Manhattan that caters to celebrities and professional athletes.

    The 21-year-old Thomas bought a black diamond necklace, a diamond-encrusted watch, a diamond cross, diamond earrings, and a black diamond pendant in the shape of Jesus' head. The grand total: $97,800. He paid $30,000. The bill of sale called for the rest within 15 days.

    The payment never came, and when the Associated Press on Friday reported the details of his spending spree in a lawsuit seeking payment from Thomas, it sounded the opening bell to what could be a landmark case that affects all of college athletics.
    Not only does the NCAA have a potential infractions case on its hands that could touch Mike Krzyzewski's legendary program and cause the vacating of Duke's 2010 NCAA title, it could serve as proof of whether the NCAA is truly willing to equally enforce its rules no matter the accused.

    Or whether its current system is even still viable
    Lance Thomas lawsuit could test integrity of NCAA - Yahoo! Sports

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    NO WAY NCAA does more than peruse over this before stating that it doesn't find any violation.
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    No Way NCAA Strips Duke and Coach K!

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    I'll be stunned if the NCAA does anything. Maggette pt 2.

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    Me and PP were discussing this a couple hours ago. Was wondering when somone would start this .

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    Forget the NCAA where in the hell is Pete Thamel? Is he looking into Cal's unpaid traffic tickets so he doesn't have time for this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    Me and PP were discussing this a couple hours ago. Was wondering when somone would start this .
    It's taken a couple of days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    Me and PP were discussing this a couple hours ago. Was wondering when somone would start this .
    Why didn't one of you start it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRCW View Post
    Why didn't one of you start it?
    It's more fun to watch you guys cry about it. We knew it was just a matter of time. Plus we were wondering who would start it. I was wrong.

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    Guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. I'd like to know where the 30K came from. Of course, it doesn't matter where it came from. He's guilty as hell in KY and NC so let's just get the show on the road.

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    So stepping away from the "silly UK fans wanting to discuss allegations against Duke" mentality, what do you guys think?
    Last edited by Hangman; Sep 8, 12 at 10:55 PM. Reason: posted before PP92's last post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangman View Post
    So stepping away from the "silly UK fans wanting to discuss allegations against Duke" mentality, what do you guys think?
    I think Lance Thomas is an idiot and his selfish actions could likely cost Duke a championship and stain Coach K's legacy. I just want to know why in the hell he needed 97K in jewelry when he was a college student. Idiot. That's what I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    It's more fun to watch you guys cry about it. We knew it was just a matter of time. Plus we were wondering who would start it. I was wrong.

    I never cry about Duke. I would love to know what you think should happen though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PurplePride92 View Post
    I think Lance Thomas is an idiot and his selfish actions could likely cost Duke a championship and stain Coach K's legacy. I just want to know why in the hell he needed 97K in jewelry when he was a college student. Idiot. That's what I think.

    So if he does, should Coach K be looked at like most people do Coach Cal? I mean there's no way Coach K didn't know Lance had all that jewelry right?

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    I have no clue how the NCAA will treat it. I hope they investigate it as thoroughly as they can and make the best decision possible. Unfortunately even if Lance is proven to have legally obtained the 30K down payment the perception is going to be that the NCAA looked the other way because Duke was involved. It's a no win situation for Duke fans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LRCW View Post
    So if he does, should Coach K be looked at like most people do Coach Cal? I mean there's no way Coach K didn't know Lance had all that jewelry right?
    No clue. I would think someone told him that Lance had 97K in jewelry at some point. If not, they get what they should have coming to them. How in the world can a kid make a purchase like that and hide it from anyone in Durham? Add in the fact that they are 8 miles away from UNC and everyone in that area knows who Lance Thomas is I have a hard time believing they didn't know about his jewelry. Shoot, if the dude is suing him, I have a hard time believing the jeweler didn't contact Coach K for the money.

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