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The players would do themselves a favor to forget about Center and move on. Can’t see him returning to UT or a major D1 program anytime soon.


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Texas is more concerned about what this all means in a much broader sense than the tennis program

They are looking down a barrel right now as an entire athletic department

This was straight full coverage news on every channel today. And Texas is a highlight of the scroll.
 
From a UT site I post on...

The team was understandably distracted today but still pulled off a 5-2 win over Rice. Up next: #1 Ohio State this Thursday on LHN
Ohio State lost to the Ags the other day. It was their first outdoor match of the season (and first loss). Hopefully they're still not adjusted Thursday.
 
Former Longhorn player Michael Riechmann chimes in

https://www.reddit.com/r/tennis/comments/b09a4i
As a player of his, I'm absolutely shocked lmao. The funny part is the aforementioned kid showed up on our roster for 2 days and we found it strange at the time but now it all makes sense. Center is an absolute class act and nice dude but guess you can't always judge a book by his cover.

Nope, that would have been extremely funny, but we never had the pleasure of meeting the kid. He just showed up on our roster ... and I'm starting to think my coach ****** that up as part of the whole keeping it secret part lmao.

That's the surprising part more than anything ... Like he had an extremely cush job with so many extra benefits it made no sense to me.

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Ben Cardone is the player btw. He still appears on tennisrecruiting as a no star prospect commitment to the 2015 Texas recruiting class
 
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Former Longhorn player Michael Riechmann chimes in

https://www.reddit.com/r/tennis/comments/b09a4i
As a player of his, I'm absolutely shocked lmao. The funny part is the aforementioned kid showed up on our roster for 2 days and we found it strange at the time but now it all makes sense. Center is an absolute class act and nice dude but guess you can't always judge a book by his cover.

Nope, that would have been extremely funny, but we never had the pleasure of meeting the kid. He just showed up on our roster ... and I'm starting to think my coach ****** that up as part of the whole keeping it secret part lmao.

That's the surprising part more than anything ... Like he had an extremely cush job with so many extra benefits it made no sense to me.

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Ben Cardone is the player btw. He still appears on tennisrecruiting as a no star prospect commitment to the 2015 Texas recruiting class
if he was cheating, how did he get together such a great team this year ? they had one of the best teams in NCAA D1
 
Any player with an account at TRN can list his commitment to a school. Players who only end up playing club tennis or intramural tennis can list their commitment. We should not jump to a conclusion when we see a 1-star "commitment." If the player checks the "Signed NLI" box (for National Letter of Intent) the school will confirm it. The school can have TRN edit the page if a false NLI is reported. Ben Cardone has no NLI or school visit info. He might or might not be involved in this incident.
 
Any player with an account at TRN can list his commitment to a school. Players who only end up playing club tennis or intramural tennis can list their commitment. We should not jump to a conclusion when we see a 1-star "commitment." If the player checks the "Signed NLI" box (for National Letter of Intent) the school will confirm it. The school can have TRN edit the page if a false NLI is reported. Ben Cardone has no NLI or school visit info. He might or might not be involved in this incident.
You're correct. We shouldn't jump to conclusions. Though you have to admit that Cardone's situation does seem to lineup as questionable and could be the situation that got Center fired.

1. Just googling, you can see that he (Cardone) comes from a family of means.
2. Cardone doesn't really have tennis-career paper trail.
3. Compared to the other members of his recruiting class, they all had some sort of UTR ranking/history or ITF history. He didn't/doesn't appear to have one.
4. Normally, when a player joins the roster, there's at least a blurb on the Texas Sports website even if it's just to say "blah, blah, blah...also joins the 2015 recruiting class ". I have yet to find anything mentioning Cardone.

Granted his affiliation with the team could have been through some other means, but right now, he's the only one that I, personally, can find whose situation aligns with reasons for Center's dismissal. Again...I'm not saying that Ben Cardone (or possibly just his parents) are part of this massive scheme, but so far his connection to the Texas tennis program seems most likely be what got Center fired.
 
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Center got himself fired for taking money from the ring leader Singer. As far as we can tell Center did not engage the player or family first, it was Singer who set the deal up. Let me be clear, Center has no one to blame but himself and his own poor decisions.
 
Center got himself fired for taking money from the ring leader Singer. As far as we can tell Center did not engage the player or family first, it was Singer who set the deal up. Let me be clear, Center has no one to blame but himself and his own poor decisions.
You're right. Center didn't engage with the family directly but the investigation isn't isolated only those that received money (Center) or those that brokered the deal(Singer). It includes those that hired Singer to do the brokering. Just look at Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
Again..Center made the bad decision. All he had to do was say no.
 
A bit of side question...but what does it mean on TRN when it says an athlete has committed to a school? Does that mean that they are officially part of that schools varsity tennis roster? Or is it something else controlled by the athlete and a commitment could simply mean that they chose to attend that school (and may not be a part of the varsity program)?
 
A bit of side question...but what does it mean on TRN when it says an athlete has committed to a school? Does that mean that they are officially part of that schools varsity tennis roster? Or is it something else controlled by the athlete and a commitment could simply mean that they chose to attend that school (and may not be a part of the varsity program)?
Any player who has a profile on TRN can answer those commitment questions however they choose. If the player did not actually sign a LOI or really play for the team those commitment answers may be able to be removed by TRN (see Clark's post above). Might be a little hard to go about investigating. Not sure though, Dallas from #TRN sometimes kindly come on here to answer questions. Dallas?
 
A bit of side question...but what does it mean on TRN when it says an athlete has committed to a school? Does that mean that they are officially part of that schools varsity tennis roster? Or is it something else controlled by the athlete and a commitment could simply mean that they chose to attend that school (and may not be a part of the varsity program)?
I know TRN can remove info a recruit reports on commitments, offers, and NLI. One year this local 3 star to be funny, listed on TRN that he had offers from 5-6 top 20 schools. The info was posted without initial review from TRN but was taken down just a day or two later. The commitment is a verbal commitment so players can de-commit without issue with NCAA though just a couple a year do. Now if a player signs an National Letter of Intent, the player has to be released to sign with another team. However, players may verbally commit to a team months before LOI can be signed, and they may forget or not bother to go back on the TRN site to mark that they have signed. The player will not show up on the roster until he arrives at school months later. A player could sign a LOI but flunk out his final semester sr yr, say the wrong thing on twitter, have a serious injury and decide to just be a regular student somewhere else, or maybe realize he can't afford to go to the university, and that player would not be on the fall roster. I dont know if TRN ever goes back and pulls commitments from players who never ended up at their chosen college. Players can commit as juniors, sign in Nov of sr year, but they may not find out merit aid until spring of sr year-the NLOI only gives athletic piece though coaches may estimate the merit piece with verbal offers. Recruits for extremely selective schools like Ivys and top D3 might wait to post verbal commitments for months until they get letter from admissions. TRN probably misses a lot of international commitments unless those are early. Internationals who commit in the summer to start in January of their freshmen year usually arent on TRN.
 
I knew of a local 1-star who had a good sense of humor and claimed on TRN that he had signed an NLI with Virginia when he was in 9th grade. That joke stayed there for a couple of years before being removed. I don't know the story of who instigated the removal. I see from his TRN page that he was a 2015 grad (ironic) and had a UTR of 5.x, which would be a tough sell on the men's team at UVa.
 

Place was packed last night and the score doesn’t reflect how close the matches were....During the doubles matches it was clear that the Horns were pressing, especially on line 1 and the wind wasn’t helping anyone’s volleys...although Ohio State seemed less bothered.

The singles matches, except for Ito, looks like it was gonna be an Ohio State blow-out. I didn’t hear much, or any chatter from the crowd about Center.
 
Why is the Big 12 tournament in Kansas, when neither Kansas or Kansas State have men's teams ?
Men's and Women's are being held in Lawrence together. My guess is the men are there with the women to benefit from the logistics of being at the same site. Another wild guess is KU is Mike Center's alma mater and he is trying to convince KU to restart the men's program and hire him as the coach.
 
Men's and Women's are being held in Lawrence together. My guess is the men are there with the women to benefit from the logistics of being at the same site. Another wild guess is KU is Mike Center's alma mater and he is trying to convince KU to restart the men's program and hire him as the coach.
Yeah, I figured, but it's still annoying. Is Center going to do some time ? I heard he is picking up some hours teaching at a club here.
 
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