Saturday, May 29, 2010

Coach defends Pump N Run

Kansas City Pump N Run’s Trevor Releford, center, floats through a pair of All-Iowa Attack defenders on his way to an acrobatic layup during the 17-and-under championship game of the Jayhawk Invitational. All-Iowa Attack won the title with a 76-72 victory Sunday at Coffin Complex.

Kansas City Pump N Run’s Trevor Releford, center, floats through a pair of All-Iowa Attack defenders on his way to an acrobatic layup during the 17-and-under championship game of the Jayhawk Invitational. All-Iowa Attack won the title with a 76-72 victory Sunday at Coffin Complex.


L.J. Goolsby, the eighth-year coach of Kansas City Pump N Run, takes issue with anybody who says the youth basketball program funnels players to Kansas University.

“I’d say our track record is about 65 percent of our guys go (NCAA) Div. I,” Goolsby said. “Our guys are spread all over: Big 12, Pac-10, Missouri Valley, SEC, ACC, Southern Conference, Northeast Conference, Horizon League, Ohio Valley, Mid-Con, Mountain West.

“The Big 10 has yet to get one of our guys,” Goolsby added, laughing. “And none of our guys have gone to the Big East yet.”

The issue of Dana and David Pump-team-sponsored players playing for KU has been a popular talk-show topic the past few days, since a Yahoo! Sports story quoted Lawrence real estate developer David Freeman saying he, former KU director of ticket operations Rodney Jones and KU grad Roger Morningstar followed the instruction of the California-based Pump brothers when the five allegedly made money scalping tickets during the 2002 and ’03 NCAA Final Fours.

The story — which did not accuse KC Pump N Run (officially sponsored by adidas) of any impropriety in sending players to KU — did mention that Morningstar coached KC Pump N Run teams in the past. Also, it mentioned that, since 2002, Pump-sponsored teams have featured at least nine players who have played at KU, including Mario Chalmers, Elijah Johnson, David Padgett, Omar Wilkes, Jeff Withey and KC Pump N Run alums Tyrel Reed, Travis Releford and Brady Morningstar.

“We don’t funnel players anywhere to any team across the country. We just want to get kids an opportunity to go play anywhere in the country,” Goolsby said. “It is an insult to Kansas as well. Kansas is a great university to play basketball at. Anybody saying they need players funneled to them ... it is embarrassing to that great university.

“Talk like that is discouraging. We’ve had more guys attend Missouri than Kansas. Kids like Tyrel and Brady grew up loving the University of Kansas. They didn’t need anybody telling them to go to Kansas. Same with Conner (Teahan). He gave up opportunities to play on scholarship at other places to walk-on.”

As to how the KC Pump N Run program was tied to the Pumps, Goolsby explained: “We have our own contract with adidas, Roger and myself. KC is on its own. It doesn’t go through Dana and David. We are an officially sponsored adidas team. We talked about changing the name the last three years — we have ‘Kansas City (with no Pump N Run)’ on our jerseys — (but) it’s become sort of a brand name in the area. It’s what kids know us by.

“Some of the Pump N Run teams (nationally) are attached to David and Dana. Everything they get comes through them. They got us in initially, and we’ll always be grateful for that, but our association is distant at best.”

Goolsby said he has no opinion on the Yahoo! story — “I have no knowledge of any of that,” he said — but did want to support his friend, Morningstar.

“Having Roger’s name brought up without any concrete evidence at this point is frustrating,” Goolsby said. “Besides a statement (by Freeman, who is headed to prison June 27), there hasn’t been anything to suggest Roger is involved. To go off that statement, without having anything else to verify it, is wrong in my mind.”


Spencer Goff 11 years, 3 months ago

Only problem is, this article is preaching to the choir. People outside of the Jayhawk circle are not about to believe anything but the utmost of a national conspiracy.

jaybate 11 years, 3 months ago

Part I

And, lo, this is the price of being the father of all basketball programs trying to do things the right way in a small media market. When we stumble, as fathers invariably do, the kids vent not only their disappointment in us not being perfect, but also their derision to cover up their fear that the cornerstone they are built on maybe flawed. And those that would like to shoulder the old man out of the way to finally inherit what he has, to finally assume the mantle, they exaggerate the old man's failings to make the children seem bigger and more grown up than they are. And the good children, and the bad children, and the smart and talented ones and slow and modestly gifted ones, all of the children feel their world suddenly a bit less stable and they, too, fear. They fear the center will not hold. They fear they were lied to by the father. Some grow bitter and cynical. Some betray. But most close ranks and understand that the old man isn't perfect, wasn't ever perfect, but struggles with every ounce of his being to be the best he can be for the clan, and do the best that he can do for the clan in good times and in bad. The father of all basketball programs who stood up for the right way so many times, the father who made the rules, the father who discovered the best ways to play the game, the father who said there ought to be a tournament for all the children (not just those in tight with a few promoters), that father also stands up and admits mistakes.

jaybate 11 years, 3 months ago

Part II

And the children that have grown to adults and truly understand the game know the old man stumbled, but also: there but for the grace of god go I. And they know the old man would expect them to clean up their acts, correct their mistakes, take their medicine and get back up and fight on for the game, because that is what good fathers always do. And so they expect, hope for, the same from him. And this is what KU will do. The children of college basketball, the programs that are all grown up and that live independently, those adult children are waiting, and hoping, that we made only mistakes, and did not become the bad dad, a molester of the game. They are hoping against hope we did not shave points like some of our children have. They are hoping we did not falsify testing records and play ineligible players. They are hoping we did not cheat the system and corrupt the games and the the coaches and the players themselves. The apples that fell farthest from the tree--the apples that have prostituted themselves to try to exceed us, they are hoping that we did what they have done, or worse, so they will feel less small. but most are are hoping, probably praying, secretly we are the good dad that stumbled. They are hoping that whatever happens, whatever they say, they are hoping that we prove to them yet again that the old man can get up and go on, can keep fighting, can still lead by example, can keep playing the game, if only to give them a chance to beat us fair and square finally. The rest? They will learn in time and KU will still be the father of all basketball programs when they do.

Rock Chalk!

Nutflush21 11 years, 3 months ago

I hope this ariticle has cleared up the the bogus idea that the Pumps funnel players to KU. Its just too bad this will only be read by Jayhawk fans.

Nutflush21 11 years, 3 months ago

I hope this ariticle has cleared up the the bogus idea that the Pumps funnel players to KU. Its just too bad this will only be read by Jayhawk fans.

Dyrk Dugan 11 years, 3 months ago

one of their top players this year, Trevor Releford, is going to 'Bama. Hmmmmm....that's not KU. How could that be?

Steve Brown 11 years, 3 months ago

For you out of KC area: regarding the word Funnel to Kansas.

Local 810 sports talk hosts Keven Keeeetzman (sp) came on the other day, saying I rarely ask for someon to be fired (liar) but Lew has to go. He routinely asked for anyone not associated with KState or Misery to be fired, Mark Mangino early on, head of Big 12, Royals & Cheifs people: he more than anyone else I know ask for people's heads.

He said on air the Pump n Run organization and the Pump Bros. 'funnel' players to Kansas, which I take to mean sort out or give preference to Kansas, sort of like Kansas gets 1st pick and the leftovers go to other schools.

He is like Rush L. in that he says a lot of inflamatory stuff, some partially true, in order to boost ratings and then comes on later and says he didn't say exactly what we heard. A carney man, but gets good ratings from all the Wildcat and Tiger fans.

I only listen when the other station has on the Royals. So KU fans don't preach to me about listening to this jerk.

Ron Prichard 11 years, 3 months ago

Keitzman is a KSU grad who claims not to be biased, but simply can't help but trash KU any chance he gets. You may remember he also helped "break" the story of Scot Pollard "improperly" giving his car to a current KU basketball player, which would be a major violation. With total excitement in his voice, he told us all how it was just the tip of the iceberg and there would be many more recruiting violations with the KU basketball program. Within two days they had to completely retract their story. What a joke.

I also think it's interesting what Goolsby said about Roger Morningstar: "Besides a statement (by Freeman, who is headed to prison June 27), there hasn’t been anything to suggest Roger is involved." After reading everything the last few days, I had already jumped to the conclusion Morningstar was totally corrupt and involved. This is a reminder that we all need to just let the process play out and withhold judgment until something has been proven. Clearly, things don't look good for some of the alleged conspirators, but for those outside of KUAC, all we really have at this point is accusations.

Ryan Richey 11 years, 3 months ago

KC kids wanting to play for KU shouldn't be surprising. This is like acting surprised that Oklahoma City kids want to play for OU.

swunruh 11 years, 3 months ago

This is small potatoes to the scandal the NY Times is reporting today with Calipari at Kentucky. It was just a matter of time.

tstanlick1909 11 years, 3 months ago

As for the article, it's absolutely ridiculous to claim that we have AAU teams funnel players to us. We are Kansas, we don't need help from anyone to succeed. With that being said, it is very understandable to see how a team based in the midwest would have players go to KU somewhat regularly, seeing as we own that real estate. Kids playing around the area (KC pump) would be crazy not to have Kansas on their short list of schools

Clarence Haynes 11 years, 3 months ago

If I recall, there have been some Pump players who wanted to come to KU and were discouraged.

tstanlick1909 11 years, 3 months ago

Something was screwy with Bledsoe, I remember during his recruitment, he never had Kentucky on his list. That is, until Calipari took over, so of course I'm sure foul play was involved.

rastameta 11 years, 3 months ago

What? He committed to Kentucky before Calipari was hired.

Ron Franklin 11 years, 3 months ago

I thought Billy Gillespie recruited Bledsoe to Kentucky.

stravinsky 11 years, 3 months ago

No player 'funneling' would knock off the only possibility of NCAA sanctions. I've always thought this situation seemed much more like simple embezzlement and greed rather than anything having to do with recruiting, but it's nice to hear it from somebody on the inside of things.

In other news, Kentucky being investigated for recruiting violations? I AM SO SURPRISED. This is utterly shocking. NONE of us were EVER expecting this.

jhokfan 11 years, 3 months ago

Wow, high school players wanting to play for KU. What a shock. That's the equivalent of Texas high school football players wanting to attend UT. What's really suspicious is that more players have gone on to mizwho. If there is any funneling going on a decent reporter would follow that lead.

Steve Brown 11 years, 3 months ago

Gambling, right here at Rick's, I'm shocked, round up the usual suspects.

I so had hoped we escaped Texas with Neb Missery to the western Big 10 and left KState to the Mo Valley for 810 to cover Creighton.

tophawk1983 11 years, 3 months ago

This is exactly what I sat on the line for 30 min. on Wednesday to tell Keitzman. Never got on. Nine players-four Kansas kids and one player who went to Arizona first. Yeah that's some great funneling.

Steve Brown 11 years, 3 months ago

to get on 810 you have to tell the funnel on the phone that you are here to praise KState and have a question of inditement re: Kansas and then get on the line to quiz him.....

leonard 11 years, 3 months ago

This issue with Kansas is just the tip of the iceberg of the real "funneling" scandal...and it ain't about tickets.

Millions of dollars are being "funneled" into AAU programs. The NCAA has done just what major league baseball did for years concerning PEDs...they are looking the other way while millions of dollars of payola are tossed around to players, coaches, families, and agents...all looking for a connection to the big NBA jackpot.

The self-righeous bastards running the NCAA can continue to hold their noses and look the other way...but the foul smelling stench coming from AAU basketball is unmistakable.

Mike Kendall 11 years, 3 months ago

Wow, the NY Times article on John C. regarding the recruitment of Bledsoe. Surprise, Surprise!

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