What's Going On With College Hoops Is A Big Deal Right Now...


((HT: Yahoo!Sports))

The NCAA responded to the latest Yahoo! bombshell this way Friday morning

"These allegations, if true, point to systematic failures that must be fixed and fixed now if we want college sports in America. Simply put, people who engage in this kind of behavior have no place in college sports. They are an affront to all those who play by the rules. Following the Southern District of New York's indictments last year, the NCAA Board of Governors and I formed the independent Commission on College Basketball, chaired by Condoleezza Rice, to provide recommendations on how to clean up the sport. With these latest allegations, it's clear this work is more important now than ever. The Board and I are completely committed to making transformational changes to the game and ensuring all involved in college basketball do so with integrity. We also will continue to cooperate with the efforts of federal prosecutors to identify and punish the unscrupulous parties seeking to exploit the system through criminal acts.”

— NCAA President Mark Emmert

Normally, the OSG space would be talking about the Drexel comeback from 34 to beat Delaware because the March to a title can be derailed in February with moments like that...

But the Forde and Thamel piece, which really should be required reading all the way back to the beginning, is putting a light that a lot of folks knew existed but wasn't shining properly on the part of college hoops that everyone knew was going on...

We just didn't know how much... until now...

It's about steering of college basketball players to certain schools with certain athletic backing and brokers that are making out like bandits...

Not surprising, but the scope in and of itself is...

And the NCAA front office wags a finger- with just as much impact on the grand scheme of things...

From the article:

There’s potential impermissible benefits and preferential treatment for players and families of players at Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State, USC, Alabama and a host of other schools. The documents link some of the sport’s biggest current stars – Michigan State’s Miles Bridges, Alabama’s Collin Sexton and Duke’s Wendell Carter – to specific potential extra benefits for either the athletes or their family members. The amounts tied to players in the case range from basic meals to tens of thousands of dollars.

There are spreadsheets for loans- paid to college players and some not paid back by college players... What is ASM Sports going to say...? "They didn't honor the payment schedule...?"

Nope...

But what wasn't public and was just below the surface is now front and center thanks to an FBI investigation of almost a year in length.

The sheer number of schools involved could be mind-bending for both fans and governing bodies if all this stuff is backed up and proven to be true. Enforcement could be nothing short of a street fight because we're talking about academic institutions, athletic departments, agents, brokers, the NCAA, and federal investigations.

UNC Head Coach Roy Williams, when all this stuff first came to the fore, said he was "shocked..."

((HT: WRALSportsFan))

NC State AD Debbie Yow released a statement with this new round of Yahoo! findings...

"We learned of this report this morning and it is the first we've heard about this information," Yow said in her statement. "The report involves an agent NC State disassociated with in 2012. Of course, we will fully cooperate with any investigations or inquiries."

North Carolina has said publicly they will cooperate with any investigations...

But where do we go from here...???

That's the question and the Feds may be the only ones with the answer...

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