Texas guard Kerwin Roach played the role of hero on Saturday as he sunk a final-second layup to send the Longhorns past Oklahoma State — keeping his team’s NCAA Tournament hopes alive for another day.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Texas was in the aftermath of learning that two players — guard Eric Davis Jr. and former center Prince Ibeh — were linked to documents surrounding an FBI probe into corruption with the sport. It was later announced that Davis would be withheld from future games a precautionary measure.
With the Longhorns being one of at least 20 Division I teams implicated in the investigation, Roach didn’t hold back from offering a solution to the problem following Texas’ dramatic victory on Saturday, according to the Austin American-Statesman’s Cedric Golden.
“Pay the players,” Roach told reporters during the post-game press conference.
Snoop Roach: "Pay the players." Amen. Figure it out, NCAA.
— Cedric Golden (@CedGolden) February 24, 2018
Countless college basketball players, past and present, were linked to balance sheets belonging to ASM Sports — an agency run by former NBA agent Andy Miller. Ibeh and Davis were among the players named. Former Kansas forward Josh Jackson and former Iowa State guard Monte Morris were also included, among names related to the Big 12.
Student athlete payments from the NCAA has been a long-debated topic. Several NBA players, including Golden State Warriors forward and former Longhorn Kevin Durant, have expressed hopes of college basketball players receiving payments from the NCAA in the future.
With the latest developments on Friday, it’s unclear if any changes will be made in the near future. At the very least, however, it has reignited the debate of what is and is not acceptable for NCAA athletes to receive as compensation.