I think you would be right if he had played though, jdoggivjc.
As to Travman's question, I don't know for sure, but I believe the difference is the number of games played. I believe the NCAA uses a 1 for 1 rule with respect to suspensions for playing on a "pro" team. Lucca and Boeke were hit harder because they played for multiple seasons on their team. If they had just played on a weekend tournament team or something like that, their suspensions would have most likely been much shorter. I don't think it has anything to do with it being ISU and WSU vs. G-Town and UT, but who knows, maybe it does.
See this is another thing that irks me. Players get X ammount of games for taking benefits or whatever too which is sometimes inconsistent. Then you have guys that test the draft waters by going to NBA camps and workouts then return that get no penalties at all which I'm all for retaining those players another year but isn't that in a sense playing with professionals but not getting paid?
The NCAA needs to realize that this is the nature of the beast in European basketball. This is the only way some of those kids get to play and get recognized enough to get recruited. As long as they personally took no money and benefits they should not be punished just like the players that are playing against guys with agents and are now considered professionals when they test the NBA draft waters. I think those NBA camps are much more dirty than playing on these pro teams overseas as you have slimey agents and team officials trying to convince you to go pro and offering money and perks hoping to sway you.
The case to follow is Nebraska recruit Christian Neimann. He played on the same club team as Lucca. Last I heard, Sadler was following Lucca's case to determine if Neimann would be available for next year.
So how does the number of games played change the fact that you played 'professionally'?
WEAK. Thats a fine line when you are just going by number of games played... it shouldnt matter if you play 2 games or 100 games. If you are declared to have played professionally you shouldnt play.
Just my opinion.
So if this goes to the NCAA committee made of coaches (the last one that we got rejected by)....and if an ISU rep is on there.....would you want him to vote for a yr suspension or reinstatement? I'd say go for the yr suspension just so everyone else can get a feel for this $%#U% rule and the NCAA
Lets just play Lucca the rest of the year. Take the losses:)