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Let the “AAU Bloodbath” commence!
The Washington Post reports that Georgetown has done just what the rumor-mill said it would all spring, rehiring recruiting guru Kevin Broadus to the basketball staff.
Broadus has ties to area AAU squads and is credited with bringing St. John’s Chris Wright and DeMatha’s Austin Freeman to the Hoyas during his last run at the school, from 2004 to 2007.
His rehiring comes just as Maryland, George Washington, and Howard have hired coaches known for working their AAU connections to bring in local blue-chippers. Everybody’s fishing D.C.’s waters hoping to land the next Kevin Durant or Michael Beasley or on and on.
However, Broadus returns to D.C. with more baggage than even Southwest Airlines would sanction. The New York Times wrote several brutal stories through the years alleging recruiting hijinx by Broadas at Georgetown and during a disastrous follow-up gig as head coach at Binghamton University.
In 2007, the Times reported that Broadus “recruited a player to Georgetown who in four years of public high school in Delaware compiled final grades of F in 12 courses” and had an overall GPA of 1.33.
Broadus was put on leave at Binghamton amid accusations of criminal and academic wrongdoings by players — the team’s point guard was caught selling crack and a teammate was accused of battering a 66-year-old woman at a local Wal-Mart after being caught stealing condoms, which were given away free on campus — and resigned last year after accepting a $1,026,793 payout.
Broadus’ attorney, Linda Kenney Baden, recently told Washington City Paper that the Binghamton experience would not impair his chances at getting a new job.
“Coach Broadus was fully vindicated by the NCCAA and SUNY Binghamton as evidenced by their payment to him,” she said. “In addition, Coach Broadus has been sought by a number of schools to return to coaching because they recognize his value to student athletes.”
But perhaps the recent controversies are why, as the Post’s Tarik El-Bashir reports, Broadus “will not be allowed to conduct off-campus recruiting visits” at Georgetown for now.
And there’s more he won’t be able to do.
From the Post story:
Broadus will not be designated as a coach this time, however, and thus his role with the team will be limited under NCAA rules. Along with the ban on off-campus recruiting, he cannot coach, attend meetings involving coaching activities, or scout opponents.
Can’t recruit, coach, talk about coaching with coaches, or scout?
So what good is he to the basketball program? Maybe he’s a fine cook or hands out towels real good. Or perhaps he, you know, has some phone numbers of AAU idolmakers.