So, the University of Kentucky and it's elite basketball program are the bane of existence in the world of collegiate athletics. Coach John Calipari is the scum of the earth, our players are paid handsomely for their efforts, and LeBron James is using us for building himself an empire in the NBA. We are obviously crooked, completely evil, and should be banned from participation in any type of NCAA program. But, wait, UK is clean you say? Calipari and Co. are not doing anything wrong? There are others out there who are doing wrong? Well, gang, believe it or not it is true. And some of this would make the point shaving scandals of the 1950's sit up and take notice.
As of today's date, there have been investigations which uncovered wrongdoing at multiple schools in the NCAA Div I just in the past few months, and many still ongoing. Arizona,USC, UCONN, and Oklahoma just to name a few are under the microscope and looking at NCAA penalties. The Oklahoma situation is particularly disturbing because they were already on probation for penalties and infractions under the Kelvin Sampson reign. But look out now folks, because the dam might just be about to burst, and take some of the biggest names in the world of AAU basketball downstream with it.
Kansas is about to undergo more scrutiny than almost any program in recent memory for something that MIGHT not be an NCAA violation. I have no idea if it is illegal under NCAA guidelines to scalp your own tickets, but the scalping of NCAA tournament seats might draw some attention from them, I am not sure. Looks like a few people out in Lawrence have pocketed a few million over the last few years selling thousands of tickets that were supposed to be either free to guests of the University or special promotions, etc. And to top it all off, one of their very own alumni and father of a current Kansas player is right in the middle of this with some interesting characters, including an individual with 2 drug convictions and a bribery conviction on his record, the Pump brothers ( The Whiz Kids of the AAU world, and very influential people in the world of college coaching searches), and all the while this is going on under the watchful eye of their stalwart Athletic Director, Lew Perkins, widely known and respected by anyone who is anyone in the world of college athletics.
Now before the folks over there in Kansas have a coniption over the pot calling the kettle black, let us remember that there is no member of the coaching staff, or current player involved in this. This is not about Bill Self or his team. The reason that I say that there is going to be a world of scrutiny with this is that the FBI, IRS, and U.S. Attorney's office is now involved in the investigation. Those folks will make the NCAA look like a group of Boy Scouts looking for leaves in the forest. Normally I would say wait for the investigation to pan out, but all of the individuals involved so far have already been identified, some have been dismissed from their duties, and some have already begun giving their assistance to the authorities in the investigation.
The world of college basketball is going to be changed by this one folks. Don't doubt it for a second. And don't think for a minute that there are not people scrambling all over the country making sure their ducks are in a row, just in case. We were the bane of existence for years over point shaving, and all that did was benefit the gamblers. This is lining the pockets of some very heavy hitters in the sport. And they tend to scream when they get poked.