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This FBI scandal just keeps rocking the college sports world.

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Good morning.

As you’ve probably seen for the last two days, college basketball is being turned upside down as a result of an FBI investigation into corruption by coaches, administrators. Rick Pitino has been fired, Tom Jurich has been fired, assistant coaches have been suspended, assistant athletic directors have resigned and a whole lot of coaches probably lost sleep last night.

This FBI investigation has yielded a heaping helping of swift and effective change in the NCAA, something that we’ve pretty much never seen with the NCAA handling investigations. And with all that quick and drastic change, it’s crazy to think that we’re not even at the worst point yet. But we aren’t; the FBI has just scratched the surface of the corruption in AAU ball, and as they dive deeper into the shoe companies and deeper into the programs, they’re going to uncover a whole lot more.

Strap in and hold on. It’s going to be a wild scandal ride.

Tweets of the day

There were a lot of great jokes yesterday.

In case you’re confused, Alan Cutler was the one that had to chase Billy Gillispie as Gillispie ran away from him after being fired.

Your quickies

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