Only a couple of major college basketball programs have had their images tarnished by the FBI’s investigation into corruption within the sport. That list is likely to grow significantly.
ESPN reporter Mark Schlabach is now reporting that several major programs could be facing NCAA penalties. The penalties will come once the evidence of the FBI’s probe into the sport is made public.
“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.”
Schools like Arizona, Louisville, Miami and Oklahoma State were named as a result of the FBI’s investigation. The investigation led to assistant coaches getting fired and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich being ousted.
Sources tell ESPN as many as 3 dozen Division I basketball programs could face NCAA penalties once evidence of FBI probe is public. "It's not the mid-major programs who were trying to buy players to get to the top. It's the teams that are already there."https://t.co/EhXi1ZtWA9
— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) February 14, 2018
It’s unclear at this point which other schools could be punished. However, as ESPN reports, it’s almost surely going to be some of the programs at the top of the sport.
ESPN reports that many of the alleged incidents include “illegal cash payments to prospects and their families, as well as players and their families receiving tens of thousands of dollars from agents while they were still playing in college.”
“At some point, the NCAA is going to see this stuff,” the source told ESPN. “What are they going to do? They can’t sit on their hands. If one kid is getting punished at USC for taking money, then the kid taking money at another school has to be punished, too.”
You can view ESPN’s full report here.