Former Pacer Jalen Rose on college recruiting: It's like a bachelor party

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Former Pacer Jalen Rose on college recruiting: It's like a bachelor party

Post by rebeljim » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:09 am

The Louisville recruiting scandal got former Michigan basketball star Jalen Rose reminiscing about when he made official visits to four schools: U-M, Michigan State, Syracuse and UNLV.

"I want to paint a picture," Rose said. "What you see at a bachelor or bachelorette party is what happens on a recruiting visit."

And if you're not familiar with such parties?

"Yes, there is drinking," Rose said. "Yes, there is members of the opposite sex that are present. Remember, they're trying to woo me to the campus.

"And as a 17-year-old kid, first off, if I'm not getting laid, I'm not coming. I'm not signing. I'm not coming."

Rose was on a roll on the Oct. 6 installment of the "Jalen and Jacoby" podcast at espn.com, when the Louisville story first broke. His comments gained a little Internet traction today, with the story heated up again.

And to be fair, Rose and co-host David Jacoby dealt with the Louisville subject again Tuesday, in a more nuanced podcast.

But on the earlier show, Rose made it clear that he was speaking "as a high school All-American that's 17 years old" describing his campus visits, "not 42-year-old Jalen."

While coaches are around in the daylight hours, he said recruits then are handed over to a player host for the nighttime entertainment, the wining and dining. Usually, it's someone who plays a different position and knows how to have a good time.

"No. 1, I'm out of the 'hood, so I'm safe," Rose said. "No. 2, I have access to unlimited funds, because I'm a high school kid who's not paying for dinners, who's not paying for anything. And it's almost like my birthday, because their No. 1 job is to show me a magnificent time -- as a matter of fact, the time of my life.

"When I'm at a Michigan vs. Notre Dame game, and they're playing against Rocket Ismail and he runs back two, we're on campus having a really good time," he said. "We're hanging out, champagnin' and campaignin', hanging with my potential future teammates ... yes, of course women and dating are part of that scenario."

Rose said he was served alcohol and introduced to young women on his visits to MSU, Syracuse, UNLV "and you know where I went."

But to be clear, he wasn't saying that there were any escorts involved, as is alleged in the Louisville case. Not with his charm.

"You just take me to the well. I can drink."

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Re: Former Pacer Jalen Rose on college recruiting: It's like a bachelor party

Post by rebeljim » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:16 am

Report: Louisville Unlikely to Fire Pitino After Top 700 Recruits Schedule Official Visits

Despite predictions from many around college basketball that Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino will not survive the latest allegations facing his program, it is now very likely the University will retain Pitino after every top high school recruit scheduled a recruiting visit in the past 24 hours.

“While the sex parties may not look good to some people, they are a huge selling point to recruits,” said one Louisville official. “All the ESPN report did was market our program nationally. It’s been great for us.”

In the hours after ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” aired an interview with a woman who claims to have supplied strippers — strippers who were available for sex — for recruit parties at the Louisville basketball dorm, the phone lines blew up at the Louisville basketball offices.

“Four and five-star guys we couldn’t even get to return our calls are now calling us and asking how soon they can get to campus,” said a Louisville assistant coach. “I hope people stop questioning Coach Pitino. He knows what he’s doing.”

Pitino says the upcoming “recruit sex-fests” will not take place at a Louisville facility.

“A small minority in the administration were upset about that, and I can understand it to a degree,” he said. “University facilities are supposed to be for learning and what not. I’d say the players learned a lot about the female anatomy but, whatever, I’m willing to compromise. So our future sex parties will be held at off-campus facilities for that reason. And also because our current building couldn’t fit all the people we’ll have at our next one. It’s going to be awesome. An all-timer. Just recruits and *beep* everywhere.”

Louisville’s recruiting class for 2016 is now been ranked No. 1 overall by most recruiting websites, although ESPN has it ranked No. 2 due to “the likelihood of losing some players to serious STDs.”

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Re: Former Pacer Jalen Rose on college recruiting: It's like a bachelor party

Post by rebeljim » Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:20 am

I tried to get an official visit also , but since I'm 59 years olds, I was turned down by the University.
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