College basketball’s problems reportedly will become much worse.
On Thursday, Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel published an eye-opening piece in which an unnamed source who was briefed on the ongoing college basketball corruption case said “Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, [and] lottery picks won’t be eligible to play” after more details are learned about the situation.
Here’s more from Thamel’s piece:
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.
“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.”
Thamel’s report went on to mention that “in terms of NCAA rules, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports that the material obtained threatens the fundamental structure and integrity of the sport, as there’s potentially as many 50 college basketball programs that could end up compromised in some way.”
The Yahoo Sports report comes a day after an ESPN report stated that as many as three dozen Division I college basketball programs could face NCAA penalties as a result of the FBI probe.
In September, the FBI produced huge headlines when it was announced that 10 people, including four college basketball assistant coaches, would face federal charges of fraud and corruption as part of a lengthy investigation into the sport’s underbelly. Then-Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person was among those arrested, and he faced six federal counts of conspiracy and fraud.
By now, it should be obvious that college basketball’s headache seems far from over. Details from the ESPN and Yahoo Sports reports suggest there could be dark days ahead for many prominent programs.
The next few months could shake college basketball in ways we’ve never seen before.