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Former high-major coach says he expects “40 to 50 job openings” from FBI investigations


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.”

After the LA Times released their report, Feldman responded that their story falls in line with what he was hearing, as well.

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?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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23 responses to “Former high-major coach says he expects “40 to 50 job openings” from FBI investigations”

  1. 4everUKblue

    Texas and Kansas make sense and lucky for Duke if they are investigated they have former player on the committee to hide the bodies.

  2. KatsKlaws

    If I remember correctly Mo Bamba’s brother tried to tell everyone there was stink involving Bamba’s recruitment at Texas and he got vilified. I didn’t agree with how he went about it, but I guess now we shall see.

  3. runningunnin.454

    UK and Duke, Cal and K have identical odds…think they just threw those in there; nothing there.
    I doubt if Pitino is talking…he and his lawyers are busy.

    1. TBW3011

      Pitino isn’t even technically fired. No way it’s him. Smart money is it’s Raveling. Former high level coach who now heads Global Marketing for Nike.

    2. timbo

      Yeah. And why would Pitino’s be chatting with the LA Times? I’m sure he could coddle his ego somewhere closer to home. Silly speculation.

  4. Mathlete

    What kind of odds can I get on Mizzou, Washington, and Mississippi State?

    1. Mathlete

      Woops, overlooked Mizzou on the list. 16/1 is pretty decent

    2. runningunnin.454

      WKU….hope not.

  5. KYcats11

    Oh no, Malik is laughing while losing, on the sidelines.

  6. Big J

    In Sandy Bell we trust!

    And how in the hell is Marvin Bagley III playing college ball this year? THAT’S what the NCAA needs to look at, might increase the odds on duke a little bit.

    1. 4everUKblue

      And that’s why Grant Hill is on the committee!

    2. Rembrandt

      Players reclassify. Jamal Murray and Isaac Humphries reclassified. Aside fron the fact that he didn’t come to UK, what’s different about Bagley?

    3. ClutchCargo

      Rembrandt, you do realize that kids in Australia and Canada are on a different timeline for school, right?

    4. 4everUKblue

      UHHHH…..Rembrandt, he’ll arrive at Duke having played for three high schools in two states, Arizona and California….from this article… http://kentuckysportsradio.com/main/new-york-post-trashes-duke-for-signing-marvin-bagley-iii/

  7. Wildfelinebeeline

    Duke has too much money and legal power. My guess the “former” is old dirtbag Calhoun.

    1. TBW3011

      Possible for sure.

  8. Han

    40-50, eh? How do we know this isn’t the same kind of sour grapes from someone who didn’t recruit well and was always anonymously telling reporters that we were buying players? Unless someone connected to the FBI probe gives us a number, there’s no reason to expect any more coaches to be indicted. It could certainly happen, but odds are they’ve already gotten their pound of flesh and everyone will close ranks and anyone else still cheating will be more careful.

    1. timbo

      That’s what I’m saying. They had video and audio to arrest the first four coaches…if they had evidence like that on more, they would have been arrested already. Talk is hearsay unless they can dig up evidence. That’s unlikely.

  9. TBW3011

    Not Pitino. Guessing it’s George Raveling.

  10. notFromhere

    Can we still call it a sport when there is so much bias in the NCAA?

    The term sport should at minimum guarantee an even playing field across its landscape. That ended when John Wooden was allowed to coach a team of paid players for a decade plus. When Emmert can deny one player college eligibility with a fully disclosed background, and overlook hidden academic fraud and recruiting violations by east coast darlings, is it still “sport?” When the officiating leans more than a drunk hooker in Minardi, is it still sport?

    They can end all of this garbage by letting the players have representation and still be amateurs, let them go through the draft and still be eligible, and the NBA lets them enter the league at any age.

    I’m actually in favor of letting them earn money into a trust until they actually don a pro uniform. Autograph jerseys, what business is it of anyone’s if they make money off of their own image? It’s NCAA business is what it is, so let’s stop the charade

  11. 4everUKblue

    The committee they put together to “fix”…interesting choice of words, is a total joke!

  12. Dee

    Barry “Slice” Rohrssen …..will be involved

  13. meeksfor3

    UNC not in the odds lets you know that even Vegas thinks UNC is untouchable.