NCAA’s ability to handle scandal ‘remains to be seen,’ Bob Bowlsby says

The recent college basketball corruption scandal has left Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby unsure of the NCAA’s ability to handle such scandals.

Speaking at the Big 12 men’s basketball media day Tuesday in Kansas City, Mo., Bowlsby expressed concern with the scandal, which involved assistants at four schools, including Big 12 program Oklahoma State, accepting bribes to direct players toward certain advisers and apparel companies.

“I think that remains to be seen,” Bowlsby said, per ESPN’s Mitch Sherman. “The challenge for the NCAA is that it doesn’t have the same tools at its disposal that [the] federal government does, so it’s probably unrealistic to think that it can get the same results.”

Oklahoma State associate head coach Lamont Evans reportedly accepted at least $22,000 in bribes during a two-year period to steer players to advisers. He has since been terminated and replaced on the Cowboys’ staff by former Oral Roberts coach and Oklahoma State basketball player Scott Sutton.

For Bowlsby, the recent finding are only scratching the surface of what’s going on in the NCAA, saying he believes the process is still in its infancy.

“This is going to be around for a while,” Bowlsby said, per Sherman, “and we’re likely to be in the same situation that we’re in now, and that is that we don’t know very much information, aren’t going to get heads-up before things happen.

“And as a result of that, it’s a period of some discomfort.”

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