1. The FBI/NCAA basketball investigation is nowhere near over
Louisville fired Rick Pitino because of an FBI probe into the black market of basketball recruiting that is the inevitable outcome of making player compensation illegal. All the little cons that go into paying players are, according to the FBI, actually bribery and fraud, so the bureau started a wide-ranging investigation that’s already borne fruit. It’s tough to predict what will happen next, but one promise I’m willing to make is that Rick Pitino will not be the last head coach fired, and Louisville will not be the last team to lose all its star recruits.
This is because the matchup between FBI investigators and notoriously chatty assistant coaches is the kind of mismatch coaches in all sports dream about. Everybody’s going to talk. I’m sure that FBI hotline is melting right now. You find me a collegiate basketball coach in the country who can keep a secret from federal agents and I’ll ask you what we’re doing in Rollie Massimino’s graveyard. Also, a quick thought experiment: what is the most prominent college basketball program in the country that you’re sure isn’t paying players somehow. Prairie View A&M? USC Upstate?
This morning, an Alabama administrator and former NCAA compliance officer was volun-told to resign. The Crimson Tide are obviously trying to nip an evident problem in the bud, but it’s unlikely that they’ll get off that easy.
Betting Tip: Don’t bet any college basketball futures. Louisville opened at +650 and is now +2000 and (rightfully) falling even farther. Any team could be next.