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Yahoo's Pete Thamel: "As Many As 50 College Basketball Programs Could End Up Compromised"

An NCAA logo on the court during the NCAA Tournament.

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 21: A general view of the court ahead of the game between the UCLA Bruins and UAB Blazers in the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 21, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

College basketball could be headed for some dark times. The FBI's investigation into the sport will likely affect dozens of programs.

This past fall, the FBI arrested 10 men in connection with what it calls a fraud and bribery scheme in the world of college basketball. As a result, assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC were arrested and charged. Louisville then-head coach Rick Pitino also lost his job in the aftermath.

Thursday, Yahoo's Pete Thamel dropped another report on the FBI's investigation. In short, there are many more programs implicated, and if all of the information is eventually released, there could be a great deal more consequences.

Thamel is reporting that as many as 50 programs could be caught up in the alleged scheme. He believes that Hall of Fame head coaches could be in trouble. He also thinks that nearly half of the top 16 teams in the country right now should be worried about their future NCAA Tournament appearance being vacated.

Thamel also thinks that it's likely that the winner of this year's tournament will have to vacate its title. That suggests there are some high-profile programs in the mix.

So how bad could be it? 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.

...NCAA officials are staring at the prospect of a tournament with a winner that will likely be vacating its title – and many others eventually vacating their appearances.

At the moment, the materials are sitting under protective order by the FBI. But Thamel believes there is a "general expectation" that the information will eventually be released.

There's no word on which Hall of Fame coaches could be involved. But the list isn't that long.

Timing here also matters, of course. If the information is released soon, it could wreak havoc on this year's NCAA Tournament. If not, the way Pete Thamel is making it seem, there are going to be a lot of changes to the record books after-the-fact.