It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since the college hoops bribery scandal first broke, and sadly, more believable that the NCAA has yet to do much about it. Pat Forde has an article out this morning asking what’s taking so long that includes some interesting quotes from coaches and insiders about how cheating continues across the sport, the SEC specifically.
Both Frank Martin and Rick Barnes vent their frustrations on record, but it’s the anonymous comments that drew my eye. One SEC coach said “Auburn’s got to go down,” while an SEC administrator admitted he gets “sick to [his] stomach” every time he sees Will Wade. An industry insider confided to Forde that things are just getting worse.
“Things may be worse now than they were before the FBI stuff,” said one industry insider with deep ties in both the recruiting and coaching realms. “It’s like they receded after it initially hit, then nothing happened and now they’re pushing the boundaries even further. The league is only getting worse.
“The SEC is a s— fest right now, so coaches can’t be too hypocritical because everyone else is doing it, too. It’s pretty bad throughout.”
Meanwhile, the paperwork continues to pile up in Indianapolis. According to Forde, Texas A&M held impermissible workouts at a church gym during the NCAA’s COVID shutdown. The Aggies self-reported the violation and imposed their own sanctions, not allowing workouts to start this fall for several weeks, but are still waiting to hear if that’s enough to satisfy the NCAA.
Forde being Forde, he couldn’t help but slide in this backhanded comment about his BFF, John Calipari:
Know this: America’s most notorious recruiting league is rife with rumor and accusation once again—and none of it involves Kentucky’s John Calipari, the man with vacated Final Fours at both Massachusetts and Memphis.
That’s how you know the conference has some depth to it. Or is sinking to new depths.
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