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July 21, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Report: The story behind the Raphael Chillious violation

Todd Dybas at Sports Press Northwest caught up with the freelancer who wrote the Sports Illustrated story that resulted in the NCAA penalizing Washington assistant Raphael Chillious with a secondary violation for speaking publicly about a recruit.
Bruce Schoenfeld, who wrote the May 16, 2011 piece for SI about the life of college basketball recruiters, said he had no intentions of getting Chillious into trouble. Shoenfeld also contacted the NCAA before the story was published and was led to believe his article wouldn’t land anyone in hot water.
He explained the circumstances and gave context to Chillious’ published quotes about 2013 four-star recruit Jordan Tebbutt and 2014 five-star recruit Justin Jackson.
Schoenfeld said it’s ‘absurd’ his actions played a part in a NCAA violation. He spoke positively about Chillious, describing him as “conscientious”, “rule-abiding” and “morally sound”.
“Raphael seems to be, from what I saw, walking the talk,” Schoenfeld told Sports Press NW. “And as a result I think the program is immeasurably better off. They’re not going to have problems in the future. If a guy like that gets a violation… I just throw up my hands. It’s just stupid.”
Earlier this week, Carl Munson at Husky Haul penned a lengthy piece on Chillious that touches on his days as an honor student at LaFayette and his coaching stint at South Kent School in Connecticut.

California returned to practice this week in preparation for it’s Aug. 12 trip to Norway, Sweden and Denmark. The Golden Bears will play five games in 10 days, including contests against the Norwegian and Danish National teams. Star sophomore Allen Crabbe, who suffered a mild concussion and broke his nose during U.S. Basketball’s U-19 National Team tryouts, is expected to return next week.
USC and Oregon will soon open training camps for their overseas trips. The Trojans depart Aug. 12 for a 10-day trip to Brazil while Oregon leaves Aug. 22 for Italy.
— Colorado released the 2011-12 schedule this week. Even though the Buffaloes face seven teams that went to the NCAA tournament last season and six that played in the NIT, it appears to be a fairly easy non-conference schedule. The toughest non-league opponent is Georgia. CU starts the season Nov. 17 at Puerto Rico Shootout.
— Arizona coach Sean Miller is one of three college coaches chosen to serve as a court coach for the 2011 USA Basketball Men’s World University Games team training camp. The other court coaches are Virginia’s Tony Bennett and Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart. Purdue’s Matt Painter is USA Basketball’s World University Games head coach and his staff includes Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin and Butler’s Brad Stevens.
— Looks like former Pac-10 MVP Derrick Williams is having second thoughts about leaving Arizona. The Basketball Jones asked if he would have stayed in school “if someone said you have to wait a year for games?” Williams replied: “I would have stayed in college and enjoyed myself and enjoyed all of my teammates and everybody else who is involved with Arizona. I definitely would have went back.

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