ESPN reports 'as many as three dozen' basketball programs could be named in FBI investigation
The next few NCAA Tournaments could be lacking some bluebloods if things are as grim as some are suggesting.
The ongoing FBI investigation into alleged cheating in college basketball has already claimed one national power and could end up nailing several programs when it’s all said and done. After the NCAA dropped the hammer on Louisville following its role into serious allegations, which forced the school to finally cut ties with Rick Pitino after a long list of scandalous behavior — the school also decided to move on from AD Tom Jurich, the Cardinal could have some company on the sidelines when it comes to postseason action.
According to a report from Mark Schlabach of ESPN, sources indicate as many as three dozen programs could soon be dragged into the FBI’s investigation. According to the report, this list contains top programs, not mid-majors trying to gain an advantage:
Regardless what happens with the criminal cases, sources with knowledge of the FBI investigation told ESPN this week that the clandestine probe could result in potential NCAA violations for as many as three dozen Division I programs, based on information included in wiretap conversations from the defendants and financial records, emails and cell phone records seized from NBA agent Andy Miller. His office was raided on the same day the FBI arrested 10 men, including four assistant coaches, in late September.
“It’s not the mid-major programs who were trying to buy players to get to the top,” a source told ESPN. “It’s the teams that are already there.”
The report did not name any of the “three dozen” programs by name.
Considering the SEC’s recent resurgence in basketball, it will be interesting to see if any of the league’s programs are named. Either way, if the FBI releases significant findings on a number of elite programs in the coming weeks/months, the landscape of college basketball could soon be changing in a hurry.