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Fran McCaffery and the 'Color Paper Caper'

When you've just taken over a program in the sort of rebuilding straits as the Iowa Hawkeyes, it's important to maintain a sense of humor. Laughter is the best medicine. I'm pretty sure Albert Einstein said that, and he was a real Einstein, am I right?

Such is the case with Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. After settling the rather laughable issue of whether prospective basketball recruits met Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore on a recruiting visit at the Iowa vs. Iowa State game on Sept. 11 -- they did, and the NCAA ruled that meeting to be a harmless secondary violation brought on by actions it deemed "unintentional and accidental" -- McCaffery revealed an even sillier secondary violation he dealt with when he was coaching at UNC-Greensboro:

“We sent recruiting mail out in color on plain white paper,” McCaffery said. “If it was on letterhead it would have been legal. If it was in black and white on plain white paper it would have been legal. But since it was in color on plain white paper it was a violation and we self-reported. So that’s the extent of my transgressions with the NCAA, but it gives you an idea of what we deal with. We called it the ‘Color Paper Caper.’”

Well played, Mr. McCaffery. Suffering a potential program setback because of color vs. black and white is much funnier than suffering a potential program setback because of the guy who starred in "Dude, Where's My Car?" Can 2010's 18-year-olds even remember that movie? Or "That '70s Show"? To them, Kutcher is probably just some dude who endorses digital cameras and, for some reason, has a gazillion Twitter followers. Color paper might actually be a more effective recruiting tool.