Flagrant Fouls

The College Basketball Real-Life Top 25

8. FLORIDA (23-6) UF just can't keep its athletes away from agents. The school plagued by football-player-paying agent Tank Black was at the center of another investigation when New Jersey-based sports agent Andy Miller called former Gator Mike Miller (no relation) 45 times while the latter was still in school—a violation of Florida state law. Prosecutors OK'd a deferred prosecution agreement and the agent paid $1500 in investigative costs (among other small punishments), but the matter still cost him his client. Miller the player was referred to Miller the agent through a summer team coach, and Mike originally agreed to sign with Andy when the small forward turned pro last spring. The summer coach, Bret Bearup, extended Mike a $50,000 line of credit and signed on as his financial adviser. But when the controversy erupted, Miller opted for another agent. He is currently a rookie with Orlando. (Graduation rate, all students: 65 %; basketball players: 55 %; black players: 29 %.)

9. IOWA STATE (25-5) Cyclone coach Larry Eustachy, the highest paid state employee in Iowa, took the concept of March Madness a little too seriously last year. The coach went ballistic at referees during his team's Midwest Regional Final loss to eventual champ Michigan State after he was whistled for his second technical foul. Eustachy unleashed a lip-readable, obscenity-laden tirade on national TV for which the NCAA reportedly planned to suspend and/or fine him—until the coach apologized. Now, he's a rumored candidate to fill the legendary, and loud, shoes of ousted Indiana coach Bobby Knight. Coincidence? (Graduation rate, all students: 60 %; basketball players: 55 %; black players: 40 %.)

10. KENTUCKY (22-9) Under a stringent alcohol policy adopted by former UK athletic director C.M. Newton in 1998, athletes with pending DUI cases or those convicted of DUI must be suspended from all team practices and competition. The Wildcats applied the policy in the case of Desmond Allison, a starting guard on last year's team, after he was charged with DUI days before the 2000 NCAA Tourney. He has since pled guilty and transferred. This year, though, after junior forward Jules Camara was convicted of DUI in October, the school decided to suspend him for one year and allow him to continue practicing with the team while he appeals the conviction. He can return to action next season with two years of eligibility remaining. (Graduation rate, all students: 51 %; basketball players: 45 %; black players: 29 %.)

11. MARYLAND (21-10) The Terp Twerps got a little carried away in January when ACC rival Duke visited Cole Fieldhouse. As time expired, Renee Boozer, mother of Blue Devil center Carlos, was hit in the head by a bottle thrown by a UM fan. She suffered a concussion. The school issued an apology, but it probably wished its team had shown as much passion on the court that night. Maryland blew a 10-point lead with 54 seconds remaining, eventually losing 98-96 in overtime. (Graduation rate, all students: 63 %; basketball players: 20 %; black players: 11 %.)

12. KANSAS (24-6) The Jayhawks lost out on highly touted recruit DeShawn Stevenson when the Educational Testing Service questioned his SAT scores, which jumped from 450 his junior year to 1150 last year. Even though he claimed he took a test prep course, Stevenson opted not to appeal the decision and entered the NBA draft. He was first-round pick of the Utah Jazz. (Graduation rate, all students:54 %; basketball players: 64 %; black players: 67 %.)

13. MISSISSIPPI (25-7) Apparently, hoops coach Rod Barnes and his fellow Ole Miss coaches wish they weren't in Dixie. Last spring, he and his colleagues endorsed a proposed change to the Mississippi state flag that would remove the symbol of the Confederacy from the upper left-hand corner. The flag became a sports issue at Ole Miss because fans had been seen waving it at sporting events for years before the university opted to ban the practice in 1997 (the ban was challenged and upheld in court, but the flag is still seen at some games). The coaches now say the flag tarnishes the school's image and hinders the recruiting process. The state legislature, however, never acted on the redesign proposal and the controversial symbol remains. (Graduation rate, all students: 49 %; basketball players: 56 %; black players: 50 %.)

14. OKLAHOMA (26-6) Sooners starters Nolan Johnson and J.R. Raymond were arrested on misdemeanor larceny charges in June for allegedly stealing three DVDs worth about $60 from a local Wal-Mart (the charges are still pending). Raymond was suspended for three games—two of them exhibitions—for the incident. Later, he was dismissed from the team indefinitely for an undisclosed rules violation (speculation is that he may have failed a team drug test). Johnson was not suspended. (Graduation rate, all students: 45 %; basketball players: 0 %; black players: 0 %.)

15. VIRGINIA (20-8) College coaches have all kinds of perks in their contracts—from radio and TV shows to dubious teaching posts—but Cav coach Pete Gillen was promised a building when he signed his seven-year, $3.8 million contract in 1998. A new arena for UVA, which plays in the smallest (and, perhaps, loudest) arena in the ACC (capacity: 8457), is apparently a priority for Gillen. The school is looking for private donors to fund a 15,000-seat, on-campus arena (estimated price tag: $125 million), even though the Cavaliers only have 4500 season-ticket holders. (Graduation rate, all students: 92 %; basketball players: 55 %; black players: 55 %.)

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