Thought it was over?
Not even close.
ESPN reported that dozens of teams and individuals face serious NCAA issues going forward.
First, the FBI will be in court this week to try and convince a U.S. District Court Judge in New York that a criminal case against three of the 10 men indicted should continue.
The attorneys representing former Adidas Executives James Gatto and Merl Code are arguing that their clients did nothing wrong. This is to be expected. Former sports agent Christian Dawkins’ Attorney is also claiming that his client didn’t do anything.
Each of these guys are facing a felony charge of wire fraud for their alleged roles in helping funnel money from Adidas to sports agents and financial planners. Who then, in turn, could help steer players to Adidas-backed schools.
The juicy part of this story is a fact that came out of the report from ESPN’s Mark Schlabach that notes several NCAA teams could be hit with major NCAA violations based on information found on Andy Miller’s computer. Here’s Mark’s take:
“The sources told ESPN that many of the alleged incidents involve illegal cash payments to prospects and their families, as well as players and their families receiving tens of thousands of dollars from agents while they were still playing in college. In some cases, according to the sources, NCAA head coaches were aware of the payments, while others didn’t have knowledge of the schemes.
“At some point, the NCAA is going to see this stuff,” the source said. “What are they going to do? They can’t sit on their hands. If one kid is getting punished at USC for taking money, then the kid taking money at another school has to be punished, too.”
The stories just keep getting worse. Over the next several months we’ll see how this all unfolds, and then we’ll see what the NCAA actually does.