The Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 3 in the latest college basketball AP Poll, and they look poised to make a run at the Final Four and try to defend their national championship crown. They’ve gotten off to a hot start without junior guard Kevin Ware missed a court appearance for reckless driving and speeding on Monday morning in Barren County.
A Kentucky State Police officer clocked Ware doing 95 mph in a 2013 Dodge Challenger as he drove through a construction zone on I-65 South on Oct. 26, according to documents obtained from the Barren County Circuit Court clerk. The citation listed the speed limit as 45 mph, but the officer alternately noted the construction zone had a posted speed limit of 55 mph.
But there appears to be more to the story, as the car Ware was driving was not his. It wan actually borrowed by a friend and UL graduate, which would be an NCAA violation.
NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199 prohibits NCAA athletes from receiving any extra benefit as a result of their status. This would be a clear example of that, and it could lead Ware to beings suspended for a number of games, but since he is still rehabbing his leg injury, it could end up being a case of him being suspended for games he wouldn’t have played in or saw limited minutes.
It doesn’t sound like UL Head Coach Rick Pitino is in a rush to discipline his player either:
“I was not aware,” U of L coach Rick Pitino said Monday when informed Ware had missed his court date. “Why he missed the date, I have no idea.”