Duke is about to feel the hammer of the NCAA. If I was the Athletic Director for the Blue Devils, I would start getting prepared for a media frenzy when the NCAA eventually strips Duke of their 2010 NCAA Title.
Lance Thomas played on Duke’s 2010 championship team. Rafaello & Co have just filed a lawsuit against Thomas, claiming he owes them for unpaid jewelry that he bought on credit in 2009. They claim he paid $30,000 down for $97,800 worth of bling. Rafaello & Co also stated that Thomas promised to pay the balance off in full in 15 days.
As your reading, you may have a couple questions running through your mind. For instance, what rules exactly did Thomas break and why would Duke lose their banner for it? There is a couple things going on here. One, the NCAA will have to investigate how a college kid came up with $30,000 dollars. Second, they will need to check into how Thomas was going to pay the remaining balance in 15 days. Also, the fact that Rafaello & Co extended him $67,800 of credit is too in question. Did they give him special treatment? Do they usually extend that much in loans to jobless college kids? All these questions have to be answered for the NCAA to make a final decision
So what happens if the NCAA rules that Thomas was ineligible because of this jewelery buying rampage? Duke will have to forfeit their 2010 National Championship and every game that Lance Thomas played in. The ruling body of college athletics has already set a precedence for a case just like this. If you don’t believe me, ask John Calipari whose Memphis team had to give up a final four win because of Derrick Rose.