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  • #51
    According to this, there's a good chance our entire season is going to be vacated:

    We’ve been hearing about the federal investigation into potential bribery and fraud within college basketball for some time now. The criminal cases against the ten people (including four assistant coaches) so far involved has yet to be litigated, but that doesn’t new information won’t keep coming out.

    And according to Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, there’s a whole lot of information still out there:

    "Multiple sources who’ve been briefed on the case and are familiar with the material obtained by feds told Yahoo Sports that the impact on the sport will be substantial and relentless. Sitting under protective order right now are the fruits of 330 days of monitoring activity by the feds, which one assistant US Attorney noted Thursday was “a voluminous amount of material.” That includes wiretaps from 4,000 intercepted calls and thousands of documents and bank records obtained from raids and confiscated computers, including those from notorious NBA agent Andy Miller."

    It stands to reason that even if all of that material doesn’t end up constituting illegal activity in the eyes of the government (and it could, despite people who can’t seem to understand why the FBI is investigating this; bribery, fraud, and corruption are crimes, they’re not simply against NCAA rules), it is evidence that could spell trouble for a large swath of college basketball, larger than anyone probably suspected:
    “This goes a lot deeper in college basketball than four corrupt assistant coaches,” said a source who has been briefed on the details of the case. “When this all comes out, Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible to play and almost half of the 16 teams the NCAA showed on its initial NCAA tournament show this weekend should worry about their appearance being vacated.”

    That’s a weirdly specific thing to mention, and if you’re curious, these were the 16 schoolsThamel’s source is talking about:
    South (Atlanta): (1) Virginia, (2) Cincinnati, (3) Michigan St., (4) Tennessee
    East (Boston): (1) Villanova, (2) Duke, (3) Texas Tech, (4) Ohio State
    Midwest (Omaha): (1) Xavier, (2) Auburn, (3) Clemson, (4) Oklahoma
    West (Los Angeles): (1) Purdue, (2) Kansas, (3) North Carolina, (4) Arizona

    There’s no way to carve eight schools out of that group without touching a perennial power, and the majority are big, brand-name schools in basketball (and other sports.)

    This being the NCAA, though, it’s entirely possible that none of this will matter! Who really knows what to expect, especially considering the NCAA has a vested interest in not slaughtering one of their biggest cash cows. It’s also even possible that the information isn’t reliable, and it never gets out or it’s easily disproven.

    Still, this feels as close as possible to an event that could truly alter the landscape of a major sport. Fortunately it’s a sport in need of a good landscape change.



    • #52
      I wonder that if it is as deep as they are making it seem that everyone gets a slap on the wrist and they usr this as a time to completely change the way we run college sports...
      Bear Down for what!?


      • #53
        I still don't get how they can "pick and choose" which schools are/were investigated.

        Seems that they should have made an in-depth look at all 351 D-1 programs before they started naming schools/players involved.

        If not, there is some obvious favoritism that could be disputed in court.


        • #54

          It all starts to roll least we're not alone!


          • #55
            Lots of schools now...
            Schools identified by Yahoo! as having players who possibly violated NCAA rules include Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USCand Kansas. At least 25 players are linked to impermissible benefits, including Michigan State's Miles Bridges, Alabama's Collin Sexton and Duke's Wendell Carter.


            • #56
              At least six players were identified in the documents as receiving payments exceeding $10,000. They include Dallas Mavericks point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who received $73,500 in loans from ASM before he played for NC State; Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Isaiah Whitehead, who received more than $37,000 around the time he was a freshman at Seton Hall; and 2017 No. 1 NBA draft pick Markelle Fultz, who received $10,000.

              Other teams with current or former players who allegedly received payments were South Carolina, Louisville, Utah, Xavier, Wichita State, Clemson and Alabama. Other players named include former LSU guard Tim Quarterman, former Maryland center Diamond Stone and former Kentucky center Edrice "Bam" Adebayo.


              • #57
                And right as the NCAA tournament is getting started, quite a coincidence lol.


                • #58
                  Where the hell is UCLA? An Adidas school who had 16 ESPN Top-100 commits since Thomas Welsh's class...

                  Go ahead and convince me that the Ball family didn't take anything


                  • #59
                    Megabump for the Megathread. What a day!


                    • #60
                      Schools identified by Yahoo! as having players who possibly violated NCAA rules include Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC and Kansas.

                      Here's a list of some players and what they received from agents as amateurs:

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                      • #61
                        What the hell did Carlos Delfino need $71.38 for???


                        • #62
                          I just don't know anymore about all of this. I just saw this on ESPN


                          • #63
                            Here's an article regarding Bagley and compensation.


                            • #64

                              another adidas bust involving NC State, Kansas, Louisville and Miami.

                              No surprise.

                              Rumor that josh Jackson took $90k and Dennis Smith Jr was also named.

                              Just end this investigation and call everybody out at once...


                              • #65
                                So, Jay Bile and Dookie V, you think the FBI investigation is what hurt Arizona with recruits and not the hatchet job by ESPN and you and Markie S, think again. Then how did USC just land their best recruitng class in a decade?



                                • #66
                                  So, being accused of paying recruit is a reason for ESPN to try and take down a program but apparently rape is no big deal. Sports Illustrated article on MSU

                                  I know which one I find worse...



                                  • #67

                                    Add it to the Miller can sue ESPN for slander when this whole ordeal is finalized.

                                    Arizona is on the front page of ESPN...despite NOT being one of the four indicted programs.


                                    • #68
                                      Wiretaps released.