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What Yahoo's Report Means For Duke Basketball

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DURHAM, NC - MARCH 06: A general view during the North Carolina Tar Heels versus Duke Blue Devils during their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 6, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Yahoo dropped a bombshell report on the FBI's investigation into college basketball on Friday morning, and a number of top programs, including Duke, are implicated. So, what does it mean for the Blue Devils moving forward?

Duke's involvement - thus far - centers around freshman forward Wendell Carter Jr. Carter (and/or his mother) was listed as one of the players who shared a meal with ASM Sports agent Christian Dawkins. If Dawkins paid for the meal, it becomes an impermissible benefit. There's a $106.36 bill included on the expense report.

It student-athletes receive impermissible benefits, they, by the NCAA's amateurism rules, are considered ineligible players. That means that Duke could have (knowingly or unknowingly) been playing an ineligible player this season.

Carter is just one of 10 players who either had a meal or had a family member share a meal with Dawkins.

The main question now? Does Duke hold Carter out of all activities - including the NCAA Tournament - moving forward? The NCAA's investigation into the matter won't be quick - so the idea of Duke getting an answer on Carter's eligibility in just a few weeks time seems far-fetched.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski commented on Yahoo's report earlier in the week - but he's yet to comment on Friday's update. The Blue Devils are going to have some decisions to make in the coming days.

Update: This past March, the NCAA approved a motion to increase the limit (from $100 to $200) regarding whether an impermissible benefit will force a player to become ineligible. It appears to have gone into effect in July of 2017.

So, perhaps Carter could repay the $106.36 (to charity) and solve his eligibility issues. We'll know more once Duke weighs in.