Mon Nov 01 08:30pm EDT
The most befuddling headline of the college basketball offseason was no doubt supplied Sunday, when those of us had to read the story twice to be sure it was true.
Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore played a part in an NCAA violation? And at Iowa? It was funny and silly and, really, unnecessary — all at once.
And now it's led to a relatively harmless secondary violation.
One day after the Des-Moines Register first reported the Hawkeyes' men's basketball staff arranged meet-and-greets with the decades-apart celeb couple — as well as a few former Hawkeye hoopsters — at a football game in September, the NCAA ruled such encounters were secondary in nature and swiftly brought an end to this Hollywood-infused drama is Des-Moines.
The NCAA has accepted the University of Iowa’s response related to activities involving two recruits of its men’s basketball program during a recent visit to the UI campus. As part of that decision, the NCAA has fully cleared the recruits involved, and has determined the UI’s actions to be of a “secondary” nature in terms of violation of NCAA policy.
So that'll be that, thankfully. The recruits, Josh Oglesby and Marcus Paige, can still go on getting recruited, and maybe even end up as Iowa players one day. This'll be a story for the grandkids. Fran McCaffrey, who got a promotion from his post at Siena after last season, can go on preparing for the team's first game against South Dakota State on Nov. 14 without distraction.
Meanwhile, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore can go on living their lives, barely even noticing any of this happened as they continue to chase down old age, which seems to be intentionally eluding them.