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  1. Sexual assault charges filed at SLU

    Getting harder to watch sports period.
  2. Recruiting

    Agree. Smith and Frazier are nice gets. Alstork should be a fine band aid. With a recruiting class likely at the bottom of the B1G this year unless things change, he will need to earn his money on the bench. So much for these assistants. All of this banter about their recruiting prowess. If they strike out on all of these kids, not good. Especially since none of these kids are going to Blue Bloods.
  3. Over/Under # of Head Coaches Fired From FBI

    I have not read Pitino's contract, but I think that every coaching contract allows them to be fired for cause. If not, there was an excellent lawyer for the coach and poor lawyer for the university at work. Louisville has cause here. From what I have read, Pitino's contract mandates that he be given 10 days notice, and he has the right to a hearing to explain his actions. That is all that is happening here. He will be removed as head basketball coach. His sole motivation at this point is to secure as much of his money owed as possible. Whatever that number amounts to is between the university and its former employee.
  4. Over/Under # of Head Coaches Fired From FBI

    The only good thing about the FBI leading this charge is that they play no favorites. If they have the goods, you are going down. Pedigree and university stature mean nothing. It will be fun to see how deep down the rabbit hole the FBI goes with this one. It will also be fun to see how much light Pitino may shed on this situation. He seems like the kind of guy who could throw a ton of people under the bus to protect himself. If they give him a deal for any transgressions he may have committed, I could see him being a major whistleblower since he does not seem to genuinely like the status quo. Seems like he plays the game because he has to. Not because he wants to.
  5. Over/Under # of Head Coaches Fired From FBI

    Give what little I know about the Miami situation so far, I think Laranaga is a dead man walking at this point.
  6. Over/Under # of Head Coaches Fired From FBI

    TTBOMK, Miller has never been in the NCAA cross hairs yet. If the Feds have the goods on Miller, I am sure he goes like Pitino did. If it is some secondary stuff, I'd say he survives. With a new AD coming to Auburn soon, I think a housecleaning is coming. Having already violated NCAA rules, Pearl was on thin ice to begin with. Like Pitino after the prostitution scandal. Given the timing, I think a new AD will get rid of Pearl in the near future.
  7. Over/Under # of Head Coaches Fired From FBI

    Depends what they can prove. The Feds had the good on Pitino. Not even a HOF coach at a Blue Blood can survive if they have the goods on you. So far, no hard evidence has emerged on any other head coaches. This is still an ongoing story, but I would have to think head coaches would have been arrested too if the FBI had hard evidence.
  8. Over/Under # of Head Coaches Fired From FBI

    Depends what they can prove. The Feds had the good on Pitino. Not even a HOF coach at a Blue Blood can survive if they have the goods on you. So far, no hard evidence has emerged on any other head coaches. This is still an ongoing story, but I would have to think head coaches would have been arrested too if the FBI had hard evidence.
  9. Four college assistants arrested for fraud

    There is nothing wrong or illegal about making introductions to business associates. Networking is how a lot of people do business in the world. The crime is taking money from someone in attempt to get that person to steer clients to someone. That is why these coaches got arrested by the FBI. As the crime of taking money to steer kids to an agent or financial advisor relates to college basketball, here is where the NCAA is concerned. If the assistants knew someone and made an introduction, there is no NCAA violation there. As long as the kid did not accept money or gifts from the agent or financial advisor, there is no NCAA violation. As long as the kid did not sign a contract while an eligible student-athlete, there is no NCAA violation. Once the kid signs with an agent, he is no longer eligible to participate in NCAA sports. If the kid had signed with an agent and then played games, any game he participated in would be forfeited for using an "ineligible player". As far as signing with a financial advisor, there is nothing that concerns the NCAA. If I have a friend who tells me about a great financial advisor and I then sign up an account with said financial advisor, how did me or my friend break any laws? Neither of us did. As far as the feds are concerned, if I am a high net worth person and the financial advisor offered my friend $10,000 to get me to set up an account and my friend takes the money, that is where my friend could be accused of taking a bribe just like these assistant coaches were. Where is the NCAA concerned about these assistants as it relates to financial advisors? They were arrested for a federal crime. That is why the NCAA cares about them and their schools. Much like a student athlete who rapes someone on campus, there is no NCAA violation for the rape that I know of, but being accused or convicted of a felony or misdomeanor is where the NCAA cares as there is a code of conduct that must be met by the student athletes while they are "eligible". Does not matter if it is rape, theft, robbery, or whatnot, student athletes and coaches are expected to be law abiding citizens. Hope this clarifies.
  10. Four college assistants arrested for fraud

    Agree. Plenty of families do not have their hands out. Not just the lesser talent either. I understand the reasons why some families ask for what they ask for. I just do not see them as victims at all. Their kids get a free education that people like me would love to have had. They get free training and conditioning. They get free coaching for professional development. They get free marketing for their skills to enhance their professional potential. 99.9999% of all scholarship athletes never play professionally. I fail to see how these kids are "victims" or "are being used by the system". Guess what? Plenty of people in Corporate America are not paid fair wages by their employers too. Yet, no one says s*** about that. These poor kids who go on to make millions professionally actually have to pay their dues. Boo-f******-hoo. I have zero pity for any of them regardless of their socio-economic status.
  11. Four college assistants arrested for fraud

    Not me. Ever. My negative commentary about his coaching ability and personality are firm. My admiration for how he conducts his business is also firm. The only negative commentary that I ever had about his ethics was that there are gray areas where you can play to land quality kids that do not involve cash payments. I have never condoned cash payments to players and am firmly opposed to paying college athletes other than perhaps a stipend. No need to repeat my stance on how college athletes benefit greatly from their ability to play a sport that ordinary students do not receive.
  12. Four college assistants arrested for fraud

    I doubt that football would be as widespread as this. The AAU Circuit is really where the shoe companies, agents, handlers, etc. get into the game early. Football does not have the same infrastructure. Plus, basketball shoes sell. That is why the shoe companies are way more in bed with basketball players than football players. Is football clean? No. Do families of top tier kids have their hands out same as basketball? Very likely as many of them come from similar backgrounds. Are there agents, financial advisors, etc. wanting access to the top tier kids like basketball when they go pro? No doubt. Football generates far more revenue, and boosters of the big time programs likely assist more absent the direct involvement of the coaches. If football assistants are doing this same stuff, my guess is that it is not as rampant or flagrant as this.
  13. Four college assistants arrested for fraud

    Depends on how sloppy the people were. Agree with you though that this stuff is not limited to these 10 individuals. Plenty of people had their hands out and were willing to pay for access to these kids. I wonder if the Feds have anything concrete on the Irvins.
  14. Four college assistants arrested for fraud

    Not at all. I am with you. If you dropped that on top of the academic fraud scandal, the university would shut down the entire athletic department for about 10 years.
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