The back half of the college football season was filled with the sign-stealing scandal, which featured Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines.
Now, there could be some turbulence in a potentially similar situation in college basketball.
According to a report by Dan Wolken of USA Today, many coaches in the SEC think the Auburn Tigers and Bruce Pearl were spying on their pregame shootarounds.
How? Cameras in the gym.
CHEATING IN SPORTS: Was Auburn basketball spying on opponents’ practices? In 2018, some SEC coaches thought so and asked the league to do something about it. The previously untold story shows espionage concerns aren’t limited to football. https://t.co/uDpweFVDe5 via @USATODAY— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) December 13, 2023
“An SEC spokesperson confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the conversation took place in 2018 after the SEC office was “made aware of general concerns about video cameras in basketball arenas related to visiting team practices and informally received information involving an individual institution. Uncorroborated information is typically shared with an involved institution, which occurred during the offseason period,” Wolken wrote.
“The SEC did not name the institution, but according to six people affiliated with different SEC programs, Auburn was the team at the center of the spying allegations. With head coach Bruce Pearl in the room, however, nobody wanted to stand up and point the finger directly. During a tense moment, according to those people with knowledge of the meeting, then-South Carolina coach Frank Martin implored his colleagues to stop with anonymous sniping and say what they wanted to say.”
Why did nothing come of it? Well, no one could prove it, according to a source Wolken spoke with.
It’s no secret Bruce Pearl has a history with the NCAA and even has a previous suspension while at Auburn, but if this were to ever be proven true, how bad would the backlash be? Would it be worse than what happened before?
All I know is the Michigan sign-stealing scandal has opened a whole other section of things programs could be doing in secret.
You can read Wolken’s whole article here.