The landscape of college basketball as we know it might be coming to an end. Now, that might be hyperbole, but then again, it might not considering what the FBI unearthed earlier this summer regarding recruitment violations.
According to a report by Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, those violations and the schools that committed them might just be the tip of the iceberg. Thamel dropped another report on the FBI’s investigation suggesting as many as 50 programs could be caught up in the alleged scandal.
After dropping the report, Thamel was a guest on The Paul Finebaum Show where he discussed the report and its consequences for college basketball moving forward. Finebaum asked Thamel specifically about the future of Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl, who has been involved in NCAA violations in the past.
“I would be stunned if he's the Auburn coach next year. It's pretty stunning they haven't fired him yet, given his past sins."
Pearl was dealt a three-year show-cause penalty in 2011 by the NCAA after a recruiting scandal during his time as the head coach at Tennessee. Pearl lied investigators, and tried to conspire to get others to lie as well, about then-recruit Aaron Craft attending a cookout at Pearl's home.
Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person was arrested and charged following the FBI's investigation into college basketball recruiting. It's hard to separate Person from Pearl here, especially after Louisville ousted Rick Pitino following the report.
The Tigers have shocked the college basketball world this season and Bruce Pearl is in line to be named the national coach of the year if their hot start continues. Auburn owns a No. 1 seed in the tournament, according to Joe Lunardi's most-recent bracketology.