After the initial reports on the nationwide bribery scandal were released, we were told at the FBI’s initial press conference that though they made their first round of coach arrests, their investigation was just getting started.
“We have your playbook,” said New York’s FBI assistant director in charge William F. Sweeney Jr.
Now, the LA Times is reporting that the “tip of the iceberg” rumors are true, and the investigation could lead to upwards of 50 assistant and head coaches being fired throughout the nation.
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.
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.
Already, some coaches at schools not linked to the first round of charges have retained attorneys. A sense of unease permeates the sport during a time usually filled with optimism because the season opens next month.
Last Friday, Fox Sports and Sports Illustrated writer Bruce Feldman said these indictments are expected in the “next two weeks.”
Hearing more indictments are coming in college hoops. Expected to happen within the next two weeks, I'm told.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 6, 2017
After the LA Times released their report, Feldman responded that their story falls in line with what he was hearing, as well.
This LA Times report lines up with what I'd heard & tweeted about last week involving the ongoing college hoops scandal. https://t.co/xRCH8H1FPb
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 11, 2017
As we told you last week, the University of Kentucky has confirmed they have not been contacted about any potential investigation by the FBI.
“We have not,” they said.
Las Vegas bookies, on the other hand, believe UK could be one of the next schools involved.
Back in September, MyTopSportsBooks.com released their odds on the next program to be investigated by the FBI, and Kentucky made the list.
- Texas: 9/1
- Alabama: 12/1
- Kansas: 15/1
- Ole Miss: 16/1
- Missouri: 16/1
- UNLV: 20/1
- Duke: 25/1
- Kentucky: 25/1
John Calipari is tied with Coach K at 50/1 odds at being the next head coach involved in the investigations.
- Bruce Pearl: 6/1
- Andy Enfield: 8/1
- Jim Larranaga: 15/1
- Frank Martin: 15/1
- Sean Miller: 15/1
- Mike Boynton: 40/1
- John Calipari: 50/1
- Mike Krzyzewski: 50/1
Any bets the “former high-major” coach making the prediction is Rick Pitino?