Where's the justice?

The NCAA just reversed itself and declared 6-foot-10 Kentucky basketball player Randolph Morris eligible for play this season, beginning Jan. 10.

Coincidentally (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), that's the day the Wildcats play their Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt.

Morris declared for the NBA Draft last summer but wasn't selected. A subsequent petition to be re-instated to the college ranks was denied. Now, reportedly armed with "new facts" regarding the case, the NCAA has reconsidered and reduced Morris' penalty from forever to 14 games.

There seems to be a double standard at work here. University of Tennessee signee Tony Passley attended one summer school class at another school last June. For that infraction, he cannot play at all in 2005-06. But Kentucky's Morris tried to become a professional, and his infraction is sitting out a dozen or so meaningless pre-conference games.

Perhaps Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl should re-petition the SEC on behalf of Passley … while the league office is in such a generous mood. Maybe he could get the same deal Morris got so Passley will be eligible for the Vols' SEC opener Jan. 8 at South Carolina.

Don't hold your breath, though.

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