It seems very likely that the FBI’s probe into college basketball will blow up far beyond the assistants and programs impacted so far.
An unnamed former college basketball coach backs up that notion.
The Los Angeles Times spoke to a well-connected former coach who thinks that the damage will go well beyond the Louisville staff and four other assistants that have already been removed in the wake of the FBI’s initial report.
He says that he expects 40-50 openings across the landscape after this is all said and done.
Two people involved in the case, who spoke on the condition they not be identified because of the ongoing legal proceedings, said they expect more college coaches and others involved with grassroots basketball programs to be charged later this month.
“This is the tip of the iceberg,” one of them said.
One former high-major college coach who retains deep connections in the business said he believes the case will lead to 40 to 50 job openings for head and assistant coaches by the spring.
The initial report named assistant coaches Tony Bland (USC), Lamont Evans (Oklahoma State), Chuck Person (Auburn), and Emanuel “Book” Richardson (Arizona), who have all appeared, or are set to appear, in U.S. District Court.
Louisville and its staff went unnamed in the report, but it confirmed that it was one of the other universities involved, and placed head coach Rick Pitino and two assistants on unpaid leave of absence. It looks like a virtual lock that they will be fired.
If the Los Angeles Times source is correct, they will be far from the only ones to meet that fate.