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?
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