Thursday, March 10, 2011

Gary Parrish's scoop creates an interesting storyline

You've surely heard about it by now, but Gary Parrish broke the news of a recruiting violation committed by Arkansas head coach John Pelphrey.

In a photograph obtained by, Pelphrey is shown posing with Sylvan Hill High standout Archie Goodwin (a consensus top-20 national recruit) and teammate Trey Smith last December at a high school tournament in Conway, Ark. Bylaw states that off-campus contact cannot be made with a prospect (or his relatives or legal guardians) before July 1, following the completion of his junior year of high school. Goodwin and Smith are still in their junior years of high school.

Despite having a terrific recruiting class coming in next season, Pelphrey has come under fire in the last week as the good folks of Arkansas have been calling for his head. An ad was taken out in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette last week urging fans to push for Pelphrey's firing.

That just about answers the question of how Parrish got a picture that, in Smith's words, happened as simply as "My mom was like, 'Hey, go get a picture.' So we snapped a picture." Someone that saw the photo and wants Pelphrey gone sent it to a guy he knew would be able to get it seen.

That's not what is interesting about this story.

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Arkansas plays Tennessee in the first round of the SEC Tournament.

Just in case your memory has failed you, Bruce Pearl was fined over $1 million, was suspended for eight games by the SEC, and is still facing the NCAA firing squad as a result of lying to the NCAA about a picture taken of Aaron Craft during an illegal recruiting visit to Pearl's home.

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