Just when you start to forget the college hoops scandal, here it comes roaring back. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd is reporting that “at least” six Division I men’s basketball programs will be notified of Level I NCAA violations this summer, two of them “high-profile”:
Stan Wilcox, NCAA vice president for regulatory affairs, said two high-profile programs would receive notices of allegations by early July.
The remaining four would be rolled out later in the summer in what was described as a wave of NCAA investigations meant to clean up major-college basketball.
“There’s even another group of cases that we’re still working on,” Wilcox said. “The main thing is that we’re up and ready. We’re moving forward and you’ll see consequences.”
Level I violations are considered the most serious, with punishments ranging from scholarship reductions to postseason bans and show-cause orders for coaches. Also important: a Notice of Allegations is only sent after an investigation is closed. At least 20 schools were mentioned in the FBI’s probe into college hoops, but it has been reported that Kansas, Arizona, and Louisville were under NCAA investigation. LSU seems like a likely candidate as well after Will Wade was caught on a wiretap discussing a “strong-ass offer” for Javonte Smart.
One of the juiciest bits of info from the college hoops trial was the wiretap of Kansas assistant Kurt Townsend discussing how much money it would take to land Zion Williamson; however, Wilcox told Dodd that because the wiretap was not entered into evidence, the NCAA can’t access it. So, for that, Kansas will probably be let off the hook. Again.
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