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More buzz about the FBI’s investigation into college basketball

Yesterday, ESPN’s Mark Schlabach cited a source that said as many as 36 Division I programs could face NCAA violations for what’s come to light in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball. Now, Yahoo’s Pete Thamel is upping that number to 50, citing multiple sources that say Hall of Fame coaches, the sport’s top programs, and lottery picks are all at risk.

Multiple sources who’ve been briefed on the case and are familiar with the material obtained by feds told Yahoo Sports that the impact on the sport will be substantial and relentless. Sitting under protective order right now are the fruits of 330 days of monitoring activity by the feds, which one assistant US Attorney noted Thursday was “a voluminous amount of material.” That includes wiretaps from 4,000 intercepted calls and thousands of documents and bank records obtained from raids and confiscated computers, including those from notorious NBA agent Andy Miller.

“This goes a lot deeper in college basketball than four corrupt assistant coaches,” said a source who has been briefed on the details of the case. “When this all comes out, Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible to play and almost half of the 16 teams the NCAA showed on its initial NCAA tournament show this weekend should worry about their appearance being vacated.”

Well, Kentucky wasn’t one of the top 16 teams shown on this weekend’s preview nor do we have any likely lottery picks right now, so we’re cool, right?

For more, check out the story below.

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36 Comments for More buzz about the FBI’s investigation into college basketball



  1. Jiminy Crickets
    6:50 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Why do I feel this is all smoke and mirrors? Lots of talk, no action, not one piece of action. The Louisville kid transfers to USC, another school on list, and no one seemed to blink. We’ve been waiting on SOMETHING of significance, and so far all we’ve seen is the AAU director had charges dropped due to insufficient evidence



    • Bull Filmer
      7:08 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed.

      Didn’t another young fella – involved in the investigation -”transfer’ from Arizona to Villanova as recent as last week?



    • Bobbum Man
      7:17 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Transferring doesn’t mean he’ll ever play, I can’t blame him for not wanting to stay and attend UL for purely educational reasons…. he won’t step on the court regardless of where he transferred to



    • scottevil21
      7:55 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      great name btw lol



  2. zielritter
    7:04 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    One way to get a higher seed in the tournament during an off year.



  3. bosch8184
    7:08 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    These things are almost always a let down from the buildup (example A the rapidly backfiring Trump-Russia investigation)….but if it isn’t don’t be naive and think UK is as pure as the wind driven snow. People have been complaining about the speed with which Cal locked up Anthony Davis for years.



    • Bull Filmer
      7:21 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Following Sutton’s firing, certain precautionary measures were instituted.

      While I don’t espouse throwing rocks, I would be astounded if KENTUCKY is ever non-compliant again, at minimum in my lifetime.

      Back then, $2,500.00, and a special examination……….lesson learned.

      uavel – with Jurich and Pitino – is on a whole different plane of planned and perpetually increased level of cheating against the NCAA as well as the public -for their institutional gain. it’s theft of trust, and theft of trusts.



    • Han
      7:28 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Criminal cases take time, and they’re not going to release info until the proper time comes.

      As for your example, I’m not aware of any instance where the Russia investigation has backfired. Media’s jumped the gun a couple times, but the only backfiring or inconsistency I’ve seen is in how the White House and President are addressing all of it. Maybe it’ll all amount to nothing like the UNC case, but just as in that example, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t a hell of a lot of lying and cheating.



    • timbo
      7:31 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Please… not a chance. Too much at stake for too small a reward for the kids. You can’t involve hundreds or thousands of people in a scam and expect it to go on without the lid blowing off. If thousands of dollars are changing hands, one idiot is all it would have taken. This is all smoke and mirrors and doesn’t involve UK even if that proves incorrect.



    • Rembrandt
      8:38 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Bosch8184. What difference does it make if “people complained about the speed” of AD’s commitment to UK? What’s that supposed to mean? Half the posters on this website cry like babies every time a ranked prospect commits to another program. Does that mean the other program cheated? No. It’s nonsense. If you have actual evidence that UK’s coaches are violating rules, let’s hear it. Otherwise, go jump in a lake.



    • Al B. Frank
      10:26 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

      Please, let’s talk about sports and leave politics out of it.



    • Eazy
      5:15 pm February 16, 2018 Permalink

      Lol, the Russia investigation looks worse for Drumpf by the day. It’s gotten so bad he is trying to go after the poor and disabled before he’s gone. And the fbi which proves he’s guilty. He is a dictator and awful person.



  4. 2thepoint
    7:13 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    A little patience is due because the FBI is involved. How many hall of fame coaches are there coaching this year? I know of Willians, k, Izzo, Self, Boeheim, Pitino and Cal.



    • CATSfaninColorado
      7:15 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Pitino is not coaching this year. He’s hanging out at Italian Restaurants in Florida



    • Rembrandt
      10:56 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      No patience is due for unfounded innuendo targeted at our coach. People are pissed at Cal because we haven’t been winning. Okay, that’s one thing. An anonymous source is quoted here, referring to unnamed hall of fame coaches, on an unverified blog report about an FBI investigation. Who knows if this f’ing rumor has any legs? Probably not. If it did, KSR of all places wouldn’t be the first source in America tba would leak it. If anyone anywhere had evidence that Cal was involved, this would be all over the national news. So, come on. If someone has information that directly implicates Cal, then let’s hear it. Otherwise, the anonymous buttheads who are trying to start something here can STFU.



  5. Bobbum Man
    7:16 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    Unless of course these lottery picks or teams mentioned are duke and UNC, they’ll of course be exempt from any rules or wrongdoing



  6. bigblueTN
    7:24 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    I would think the NCAA should be concerned that the FBI will also find them at fault for allowing this corruption to continue for years since having all these players in college is good for business. If that many schools are involved everyone needs to get a free pass or it is time to start a new league.



    • ukjaybrat
      8:50 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

      willful ignorance or plausible deniability?



  7. BBNstrive49
    7:31 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    It’s a matter of time till cal does us like he has everyone else. Get us in trouble and leave us the problems.



    • Bobbum Man
      7:41 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      He was cleared of any wrong doing at umass…. and Derrick rose was cleared by the NCAA themselves before they changed their minds but don’t let facts get in your way



  8. Chacosrule
    7:47 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    “Lottery picks won’t be eligible to play..”
    Duke signed the top 3 high school players next year. It’s gonna be them.



    • DelrayCat
      8:04 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Jeff Capel



    • Luether
      8:30 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      My sources say that Capel does Dook’s dirty work…



    • DelrayCat
      8:34 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

      Ding ding ding…bingo.
      Capel was dirty at Oklahoma and fired for it.
      Even dirtier now.
      Common knowledge Duke change their whole recruiting strategy once he arrived.

    • Luether, I thought you WERE the source! Ha!



  9. az1006
    8:09 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    IF it’s as widespread as they say it is, one of two things will happen: the information will never be made public (other than what already has), or it will, and the rules will be changed or all the teams will basically get a pass. There’s simply no way the NCAA and its cash cow, March Madness, would allow 50 of its top programs to all be deemed ineligible or vacate wins at the same time. Essentially, if it’s as big as they say, we will likely never know the truth.



    • ukjaybrat
      8:51 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

      information won’t come out until summer. it won’t affect this season



    • az1006
      10:05 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

      I mean, I’m aware of that…I wasn’t implying it to be this season, or even next season. But, whenever this all comes out (if it does), am I supposed to believe the NCAA would essentially blow up one of its biggest annual money makers? No. I just don’t think anything ultimately comes of all this.



    • Bluebloodtoo
      3:19 pm February 16, 2018 Permalink

      But wait, the NCAA is non-profit….yeah, right. Just like the NFL is non-profit for tax purposes.



  10. UKinIN
    8:29 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    If Yahoo! had any integrity this article would not have been posted. Thamel doesn’t have one piece of evidence. He’s dragging every “Hall of Fame” coach through the mud quoting unnamed sources that claim to have information. Thamel hasn’t seen anything with his own eyes! If I’d known the story was without substance, and the headline was nothing more than click bait, I never would’ve clicked on the link.



  11. J-Dub421
    8:41 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    I still think if UK was involved, it would have leaked before now. The news would simply be too big. Duke did all of a sudden start getting ALL of the players right after they hired Jeff Capel, who was previously embroiled in a similar scandal.



  12. natertatter
    9:59 pm February 15, 2018 Permalink

    THE SUIT CASE MAFIA AT DUKE IS RUN BY CAPEL……..



  13. BigBlueNationDude
    2:45 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    Matt and ksr had to run their mouths for months on end. Whenever we get in trouble which it will happen every school eventually does its gonna suck.



  14. ukjaybrat
    8:53 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    maybe this is the real reason our recruiting has dipped lately. everyone else is cheating more 😀



  15. Howdy Doody
    9:47 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    That includes wiretaps from 4,000 intercepted calls and thousands of documents and bank records obtained from raids and confiscated computers, including those from notorious NBA agent Andy Miller.

    “This goes a lot deeper in college basketball than four corrupt assistant coaches,” said a source who has been briefed on the details of the case. “When this all comes out, Hall of Fame coaches should be scared, lottery picks won’t be eligible to play and almost half of the 16 teams the NCAA showed on its initial NCAA tournament show this weekend should worry about their appearance being vacated.”



  16. Bluebloodtoo
    11:36 am February 16, 2018 Permalink

    To think that Kentucky could be competitive with 10 other programs who are cheating, but not be cheating themselves is a bit naive in my opinion. I have absolutely no proof of any cheating, but logically it just doesn’t seem possible/plausible. Kentucky’s compliance office wouldn’t necessarily even know about the cheating. Do you think that all these other schools’ compliance staff knew about this and just looked the other way? I seriously doubt it.