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Thursday Quickies: College Hoops Trials Edition

The three Adidas executives were found guilty

The first college basketball corruption trials wrapped up yesterday with all three defendants found guilty by the New York jury on wire fraud and conspiracy charges.

Going into deliberations, it was clear that NCAA violations were most likely committed but the question remained: did the prosecution present enough evidence to commit the jury that federal crimes were committed? The jury’s verdict makes that an obvious yes.

So what is next? Well, the defendants (Merl Code, James Gatto, and Christian Dawkins) can appeal, but we will see how that goes. However, the assistant coaches who are scheduled to go to trial next year could become more interested in taking a plea deal. Former Auburn assistant Chuck Person is scheduled to be in court in February and Tony Bland, Lamont Evans, and Book Richardson are expected to go to trial in April.

With yesterday’s verdict, they may be more apt to take a plea deal to avoid actual jail time or a very short sentence. A plea deal could also implicate other coaches as well, creating even more chaos in the college basketball scene. With the CBB season set to begin in the next few weeks, things could get really interesting from here on out as guys like Person, Bland, Evans, and Richardson have big decisions on their hands.

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Quickies

Wide receivers staying focused amidst passing game struggles - Cats Pause

The receivers are staying positive as Kentucky tries to figure out how to revamp their aerial attack.

What might the several QB plan mean for Kentucky? - Courier Journal

Kentucky’s plan remains a mystery.

Recapping Wednesday’s practice featuring Kash’s club - Kentucky Sports Radio

Kash says he isn’t having trouble tackling with his new gear.

Inside the strip sack with Josh Allen - Kentucky Sports Radio

Allen has came up with a big play several times this season.

Uncertainty surrounds Kentucky’s top remaining recruiting targets - Herald Leader

Kentucky has a solid foundation but adding frontcourt pieces has not been an easy process.

All three defendants found guilty in CBB Corruption Trial - Yahoo

Gatto is expected to face seven years, while Code and Dawkins could face three years.

Bill Self should be suspended if Kansas is serious about the rules - Sports Illustrated

Strong words about Kansas’s head coach.

Jim Boeheim thinks players should not be compensated - Bleacher Report

Honestly, is anyone surprised?

David Stern sounds off on Pelicans GM Dell Demps - ESPN

Stern was explaining his veto of the Chris Paul trade and called Demps “a lousy general manager.”

Unsung heroes for each top 25 CFB team - ESPN

Drake Jackson is the unsung hero for Kentucky.

Raiders players aren’t happy with Jon Gruden - Yahoo

Trading away two of the team’s top players apparently isn’t sitting well in the locker room.

Which NFL players could be dealt by the trade deadline? - The Ringer

Le’Veon Bell, Lesean Mccoy, and Patrick Peterson top the list of potential players to go on the move.